The Pointlessness of Parental Jealousy

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Editor's Note: Ah, parental jealousy. Your friend Jane starts to go on about how great her kids are and all you can think is, "Uh, my kid can't even wipe his own butt yet." Yeah. We've all been there in one form or another. Nicole at Mommy Warriors writes about the issue and comes up with a solution to make everyone happy. -Jenna

The Joys of Parental Jealousy:

I guess kids are sort of like money. No matter how rich you are, there will always be someone with more money. No matter how great your kids are, there will always be someone whose kid is better at something than your kid. We can’t get hung up on comparing our kids with others, nor should we get hung up on comparing our job as mothers with others. We all make the best decisions we can in the moment based on many different factors. And recognizing the success of others in no way negates the value of our own sacrifices for our kids.

Rather than feel envy when we happen across amazing parenting or kids, better that we use those moments to learn and keep our brain open to ideas. Rather than be hard on ourselves and allow the success of other to make us feel like failures, we should embrace the opportunity to see a new path. Don’t beat yourself up!

Credit: ktoine.

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