Confessions of an Autopilot Parent

Recently I was featured as a guest writer at LifeYourWay.net, 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 LifeYourWay.net and learn how you can move out of autopilot and into more intentional parenting.

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About Dr. Polly Dunn

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

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