There’s a quote “good is the enemy of great,” but along your journey, you’ve found that being “Good Enough” fits you best. How did this mantra come to be?
It’s funny because when people hear, “Good Enough” they assume I mean half-assed. That’s not it at all. The point was Good Enough means doing your best and that your best will have to do.
I came up with the idea a decade ago when my kids were younger. I had a number of friends with small children who were hell-bent on providing a perfect childhood for their kids. We all know that can’t happen yet they were losing sleep trying to make it so. I finally had a long talk with one of them and told her, “Listen, sometimes good enough is perfect.”
After that I gave that more thought and began formulating my philosophy. I wrote a book of the same name (Good Enough Mother, The Perfectly Imperfect Book of Parenting) and started blogging. I never presented myself as someone who had all the answers, rather as someone who wanted to learn from the mutual and shared parenting experience. But there are a few things I was and am passionate about regarding women and their experience as mothers.
*Motherhood does not equal Martyr. Your dreams, goals and aspirations don’t have to die just so others can live.
*You have a right and responsibility to be as good to you as you are to everyone else in your life. That means care for you! Because caring for you IS caring for your family.
*Parent for the people under your own roof: Just say no to competitive parenting.
*Not everyone will like you; let that be their problem.
*You wont grow when you’re comfortable or be comfortable when you’re growing. It’s a painful process. Just get used to it.
*Sometimes an end is a cleverly disguised beginning.
*No one will believe in you as much as you believe in yourself.
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