Perfect Parents

I will never be a perfect parent. There, I said it. Even if I could go back in time, carrying with me all that I now know, I still wouldn’t be perfect. Far from it. I make mistakes every single day. Every hour, some days. 

Yet, I keep learning, I continue striving to do better, I continue trying to be that perfect parent. It’s an elusive goal. An impossible goal. I try to get closer all the time, but it won’t happen. But with this recognition comes peace. I am doing the best that I can. If new and better information comes to light, I adapt. If circumstances change, I change. When new approaches are needed, I implement them. By recognizing my fallibility, I ensure that I won’t stagnate. I won’t stop learning. I won’t take the easy way out. I will have done the best job that I could do. It may not be perfection, but it’s worth a lot.

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Founder and editor of and, Skyler is a husband and unschooling father of three beautiful children. His writings include the column series “One Voluntaryist’s Perspective” and “One Improved Unit,” and blog series “Two Cents“. Skyler also wrote the books No Hitting! and Toward a Free Society, and edited the books Everything Voluntary and Unschooling Dads. You can hear Skyler chatting away on his podcasts, Everything Voluntary and Thinking & Doing.