I believe that all of us are perfectionists in at least one area of our lives. Some people just have more areas they are trying to perfect. I'm not sure if perfectionism is a positive or negative thing. It's positive if it leads to bettering my family's health. It's negative if all I will eat is organic brown rice and fresh mountain spring water. Maybe there is just a point where perfectionism goes bad.
For me I am a perfectionist when it comes to my children. I'm sure I'm not alone. It often is positive. For example, it's a good thing when I cut out the TV time and go to the park for three hours with my children instead. It's negative when I worry about whether or not I should send my four-and-a-half year old son to public school or homeschool him because I'm afraid a negative outcome either way would be a reflection on my own parenting skills. I'm not worrying about him--I'm worrying about ME!
I want to be a perfect mom. I want perfectionism in my parenting. I make myself sick with anxiety concerning my perfectionism. Can I be a "perfect" parent?
I've been working on halting my perfectionism. A year ago my doctor prescribed deep breathing yoga exercises and to stop trying to be so perfect.
Today, I am a little less perfect, and I'm waiting until my son is ready for school before I even think about it. For me, perfectionism is like a drug. I have to strengthen myself with my doctor's prescription and stop trying to be so perfect.
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