Confessions of an Autopilot Parent

Recently I was featured as a guest writer at, one of my favorite websites about intentional and creative living.  One of the problems I often face is that I’m not intentional enough in my parenting.  I fall into the same routines every day and end up feeling like I’m on autopilot.

My post, Confessions of an Autopilot Parent, begins like this . . .

Before I had kids of my own, I had a vision of what kind of parent I’d be. Let me tell you, in my dreams I was some kind of awesome! Fifteen years and four kids later, I’ve fallen short of those expectations more times than I care to count. But you know what? That’s okay. I’m human, and if there’s one thing I know, it’s that there’s no perfection in parenting.

Even though I’ve given up on my dreams of being a perfect parent, I still try my best to be a good one. Despite that, I’ve developed a nasty habit of turning my parenting skills on autopilot on a pretty routine basis. Look it up in the dictionary, and you’ll find that being on autopilot is “a cognitive state in which you act without self-awareness.” Uh oh. Sounds awfully familiar.

Click here to read the rest of my post on and learn how you can move out of autopilot and into more intentional parenting.

About Dr. Polly Dunn

Child clinical psychologist, wife, and mom of four blogging about her 'Perfectly Imperfect' parenting solutions.

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