As mums, we’ve all had that feeling of “not being good enough”, not measuring up to expectations of how we should be doing – where parenting is concerned this is a really unhelpful trap to fall into, and doesn’t help you or your children. It can lead to feelings of anxiety, guilt and failure. Especially if you’re attaining to be an unrealistic figure: Supermum.
What if you were able to dwell on the good stuff rather than the bad? To have confidence in your decisions, trust your gut, and let go of your skewed vision of ‘perfect parenting’? The key is to find a way to navigate through any unhelpful thought patterns, to find a more positive, healthier outlook.
This is a book for those seeking to find that shift in perception: to turn around your negative mindset, to view your own achievements in a different light, to be kinder to yourself. It uses CBT, mindfulness and other established therapies to help you to rebuild your confidence in your own parenting style and drown out the niggling competitive doubts. The sooner you do this, the sooner you can enjoy parenting your kids, and they will thank you for it. Embracing the imperfect, being good enough.
With easy-to-follow activities combining a blend of other psychological strategies, the book walks you through exactly how to unpick your bad thinking habits. Author Anya Hayes and clinical psychologist Dr Rachel Andrew give you in-the-moment solutions to common parenting flashpoints, as well as enabling you to create robust, positive and flexible ways to approach parenting decisions in the future.