Things to Tell Yourself to Help You Become a Better Mother (or Father)

I am a loving mother (or father).

I do care about my children.

I do want the best for them, and I am willing to make adjustments in my life so that they can have the best mother (or father) possible.

I accept that I am human and that I will make mistakes.

But when I make mistakes, I will learn from them and will use my slip-up as an opportunity to grow.

I don’t have to be typecast by anything.

I can become who I want to become for the sake of my children’s healthy development and my own.

I may have setbacks, and if and when I do, I won’t be kept down for long.

I will try again.

And I will make amends if they need to be made.

I know that I love my children because I do love them.

My children know that I love them because they feel my love.

And I feel theirs.

My relationship with my children is built on love—not fear, shame, or negative control.

There is freedom and joy in my home and family.

My children are free to be who they are, and they are accepted for who they are.

They can trust me to lead them in the right direction, and they can trust me to do so in a way that will not hurt them or cause pain to them—in any way, be it physical, emotional, mental, or spiritual.

I will keep learning.

And loving.

And living.

I will not give up.

Because I am a loving mother (or father).

And this is what loving mothers (or fathers) do.

What are some words you can add that would help us become a better mother (or father)?

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