Not perfect, but present.Dr. Tina Payne Bryson, Mom, Psychotherapist, Speaker, & Co-Author of The Power of Showing Up.
There’s a video that I came across not too long ago by Dr. Tina Payne Bryson, that really hit home. I feel that it’s extremely pertinent to all of our parents to hear this message especially during this time where parents are not only acting as a parent but as an educator as well. It’s important to know that it’s OKAY to not feel in control or to not feel you’re doing your best.
Here are a couple takeaways from Dr. Tina Payne Bryson.
Please be kind to yourself!
Right now you don’t have to be the best parent or the best educator. The most important thing is to be present for your family. This is the time to give yourself grace, a lot of leeway, and to know that it’s okay to make mistakes. If you happen to mess up with your kids, repair it. It’s important to communicate and process things. It’s okay for them to see you’re not perfect in an imperfect situation.
It’s okay to let your kids play
Play is important work. Enjoy being together, watch movies, build together, and bake cookies. What’s important is that you enjoy this time together with your kids.
Remember, we have to be there for our kids, but we can’t do that if we’re not showing up and being too hard on ourselves as parents. You don’t have to be the best parent right now. You don’t have to be the best educator right now. What matters most is that you show up for each other and that your kids feel safe, seen, soothed, and secure.
Here is a video of Dr. Tina Payne Bryson discussing the Whole-Brain Child.
Here is a video of Dr. Tina discussing her book The Yes Brain.
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