Killing the Unicorn: There Is No Perfection in Parenting

The following was published as part of my “Teachable Moments” blog series for ProMedica HealthConnect.

We all know a supermom. She is organized and efficient. Riding atop her unicorn with her hair blowing in the wind, she bakes cupcakes with a smile while teaching the finer points of multiplication to her well-mannered children. The concept of supermom can shame us and leave us feeling inadequate, even when we are doing our best.

I have been called a supermom; sometimes I even feel like one. But the truth is, I sometimes struggle to keep it all together. Raising a medically complex child means more appointments, more commitments, more medications and more stress – more flaming knives to juggle and more opportunities for error.

Read more at ProMedica HealthConnect.

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Charisse Montgomery is the author of the Super Safe Kids series of books and safety tools. These tools engage children, parents, and their families in improving safety and advocacy in the hospital, the community and the home. A former educator, Charisse Montgomery has earned bachelor's and master's degrees in English, along with a master's degree in Educational Psychology, with research focused on informing and empowering parents of medically fragile children. She completed a graduate certificate in Patient Advocacy and serves on the Board at Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital.

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