Accept That You?ve Done Your Best
(and That's Enough)
"I have so much that I need to do, I just end up feeling overwhelmed. Any ideas or advice would be greatly appreciated!"
"If you can answer the following questions with a yes, then relax already! Is your baby gaining weight? Is your pediatrician pleased with the way your baby is growing? Is your baby mostly content? Then don?t worry."
"Remember, you just had a baby, and your whole life just changed. Give yourself some time to adjust to it all, and you will see in good time what is important."
"The curse of parenting is that you never feel like you're doing enough. Every day after I put my son to bed I think I could have read more to him, talked on the phone less, played more in the sandbox. It's hard to feel satisfied at the end of the day that you've done everything you could. You have to give yourself permission not to be the perfect parent, because it just doesn't exist."
"Don't try to be perfect. Just try to organize a little, laugh a lot, and reach out for help if you need it."
"Taking care of babies and making them feel safe is the hardest job. You can feel truly incompetent until you look down at that tiny sleeping face and realize that you are the only one who can do the job. That's how important you are."