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It's ok not to be the 'perfect' parent

Perfect's the enemy of good...

Read a few too many parenting books? Or maybe Instagram and Facebook are your vice. All that perfect preening can be a downer when we compare it to our own little slice of family-life.

So, what really happens? You spend hours cooking a nutritious dinner and the kiddos won't play ball. Or, maybe you've canceled your afternoon of meetings so that you can make it to your 6 year old's open classroom--only to find that they're grumpy and obstinate once you arrive. Reshuffled your life so that you can do the morning school run only to realise your stress levels have risen as a result? We've all been there...

What most parenting books don't tell us is that it's ok not to be the perfect parent. Now, we're not suggesting that we should go about grumpy or neglectful, but let's remember that perfect's the enemy of good. A wise old parent once said to me that if we parents were perfect, our children wouldn't be prepared to cope with the imperfect real world...now that my kids are a bit older, I realise the truth in this.

Our kids learn how to deal with their feelings by witnessing how we go about handling our own feelings as parents. We all make mistakes. So, whether you're a bit too grumpy after along day at the office, rudely take a phone call during family dinner, get a bit shouty on the school run or were a bit obstinate when things didn't go to plan, don't sweat it. Regroup. Take a deep breath and recover well.

Likewise, if our children never see us disagree with others--they won't know how to handle disagreements themselves. So, those moments when things don't go to plan are actually our moments to shine...cue the lights!

Bumble Box kits are designed to bring families together. We catch animals' footprints in the sand, give the trees a shake to see what's living in there, host a Family Olympics, plant a fairy garden, race homemade boats in the stream...you get the drift. Together, we'll make it through your family-time bucket list.

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