Raising the Perfect Child

Raising the Perfect ChildI am not sure how to start this off for you. I am far from a perfectionist. I live off of mis-matched everything and chaos. I cant get anything on my to-do list finished 100%. I am far from prim and proper and put together when we leave the house. I wouldn’t describe myself as a mess, but I am not perfect. Why then, do I strive to have the perfect child?
When we are in public, she has to hold my hand 90% of the time, for safety reasons usually. I also want her to be calm. I tell her she has to walk correctly when she just wants to jump and hop. Of course, part of that is because I do not want her dislocating her elbow again by doing it, but also because I do not want to be “that mom” with what looks to most people like a wild child. I know she isn’t that, I know that if I tell her to stop, she will. She is a very well behaved child, but I strive for perfection.
Raising the Perfect Child - in the store
 A lot of times when we are in public, people stop to talk to my daughter. I am not sure if it is because of the above paragraph, or because she is so darn cute (yes, I am totally bias), or just because people like to talk to kids. If someone tells her they like something she is wearing, I always say “what do you say?” and she says thank you. Of course, everyone wants to instill manners in their children, but sometimes they just want to bask in the spot light. No, this momma is always on top of it…making VERY sure her manners are always in check!
Raising the Perfect Child - What she wanted to wear to the storeShe likes to pick out her own clothes. Just the other day, she chose a dress her daddy got for her while he was stopped in Mexico on a cruise. Sure, it’s cute, but when it was time to leave the house I told her she had to change. She REALLY wanted to wear it all day, but I was NOT going to have the crazy looking child in an authentic Mexican dress walking around the department store. She had to change into something cute and matching (and way cooler for this hot weather!).
Raising the Perfect Child - When to have fun and be loud
When we play outside, or go to the park she is allowed to do all those crazy things. She can run, jump, hop and play. She can scream and make all the noises she wants to. She can let it all out. There are times though, I am not sure if I am raising a well mannered and well behaved child, or if I am just taking the fun out of being a kid………….
Until Next Time,
The Not-So-Single Mom

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