If you’re just now joining us this week, find Part 1 of “Get Off the Crazy Train” here. Today’s post is Part 2 of “Get Off the Crazy Train.”
Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 12. To honor and celebrate you, Mom, this week I’m posting about the tough—but oh, so rewarding— job of motherhood.
I’ll also be giving away five copies of my book, The 10 Habits of Happy Mothers. Just leave me a comment on any of the blog posts this week (May 6-9), and you’ll be entered to win. Share the post via Facebook or Twitter and you can earn two more entries. Just come back to the blog post and leave a comment for each action. I’ll announce the five winners on Friday, May 10.
As a mom, I spent many years on the Crazy Train. I’ll bet you’ve spent awhile there, too. Maybe you’re riding around on it right now.
Get off, Mom! It’s time to get off the Crazy Train.
Almost every mother I talk to wonders whether or not she is parenting well enough. Her insecurity stems from this ride she’s taking. The Crazy Train takes us to a far away and “most excellent” place. Our peers ride alongside—but that’s not all.
A parallel track runs beside us with our kids aboard. Their train picks up speed just like ours does. And this part may surprise you—none of them wants to be on it but they are. Not because their friends are, but because we tell them they must be.
Every parent lives with some anxiety about their parenting, worrying if they are doing a good enough job. The antidote to our worry is to get our kids busy: sign them up for team sports, dance classes, or tutoring sessions to help them get better grades.
We believe that busyness is the key to success. But the problem is, it doesn’t relieve the angst we harbor.
If getting our kids to perform better really made us all happier, wouldn’t we be?
Here’s the problem. We have crafted a modern paradigm for raising good kids.
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