I ate crow today. Long story short, the Kiddo was accused of lying and stealing by an adult, when it turns out he didn't & the adult knew this. I was already punishing him for the assumed trangression when I learned the truth, which made me feel horrible. Unfortunately, this is one of the harder parenting moments - what do you do when something like this happens? I did the only thing I could do: I apologized.
I've been told by some to never apologize to my child. It shows weakness and it implies that we the parents aren't trustworthy. I've been to act like it's not a big deal when I'm wrong, or to even "double down" on the punishment if my child proves it. I refuse. I grew up with parents who apologized to me, and honestly, it made me feel pretty safe. I knew that I could trust them to do the right thing, and to know that I wouldn't be dismissed or disciplined for showing their faults. It made me feel safer. I'd rather my son feel safe around me than feed my ego.
This is parenting. I'm not perfect. I'm not the best mom. This was a situation where I thought I had all the information, and it turns out I didn't. I was mistaken. I'm still learning, even after 6 years of parenting the same single kid. I've screwed up before, and I'll screw up again. I'm always striving to do better than I did before, and that's what matters. #momlife #kiddo #brick #instagood #summer #instapic #instadaily #instaphoto #photooftheday #boymom #mykid #fence #ignoringme #myboy #eatingcrow #parenting #momfail #life #lifelessons #flintstagram