Hi all. Welcome to my new feature: #ParentingWin vs #ParentingFail.

The aim of this feature is to have parents share their most memorable “winning at parenting” moment AND their most memorable “failing at parenting” moment too.

By doing this I hope to share the love and help everyone realise that there are no perfect parents, just lots of perfect and imperfect moments that make this whole job what it is, the blessing we are all grateful for. I want to provide a platform for us to share our most proud parenting win moment (however small it might be, as long as it was huge for you), and our most awful (and quite possibly hilarious) parenting fail moment because we’ve all had a few of those.

My first volunteer for this feature is Liberty Henwick from Liberty On The Lighter Side. Here’s what she has to share:

I’m a Mum of four kids aged 15, 12,10 and 8. My oldest was born in Johannesburg and the last three in Wexford, Ireland which is where we currently live.
Although I would not have it any other way than to be a full-time stay at home Mum, there have been quite a few times when I have wanted to quit this parenting job. Problem is, I don’t have a boss to hand my notice in to, and there’s no one else who’d want to do the job as much as I do.
Before I had my kids I knew everything about parenting, and now I have them I realise how clueless and under resourced I am. My husband and I are trying our best to ensure our kids are nurtured spiritually, emotionally, mentally and physically so that they are raised to be healthy in their minds as well as their bodies and wise as well as kind and caring. I know we make PLENTY of mistakes.
My #ParentingWin: 
I wrote a blog last year about how I teach my kids to shop and cook for their own food. It’s a win because they love it and I get a break from hearing how much they hate whatever it is I would have cooked for them that night. You can read it here: I’ve stopped feeding the kids one day a week in the school holidays.
My #ParentingFail:
I’m one of those mums who breastfed all my babies exclusively for 6 months, weaned them at about 18 months and never allowed sugar or butter into their mouths before they were one. A bit of an uber-uptight-perfectionist food Nazi really. So it was a huge blow to my parenting pride one evening when I hit an all time dinner-cooking low. I allowed them to eat handfuls of sugared cereal straight from the box in the car, followed by instant noodles when we got home. We were in a big rush between something like ballet and football and I realised all I needed was fuel for their tummies for a few hours. (Even if it was terrible fuel!) The worst part though was when my kids said the noodles were too CRUNCHY. For crying out loud – I couldn’t even cook a packet of instant noodles properly!!
Thanks so much for sharing those with us, Liberty. I’m sure we can all relate to feeling guilty for feeding them something less than nutritious, but at least you fed them and survived to share this story with us. Just look at her beautiful, healthy and happy kids … stunning!
You can follow Liberty on her other social media channels too:
If you’d like to be featured, please get in touch. You can email me your submission direct or contact me on my blog, twitter or instagram. I don’t mind if it’s stories you’ve shared on your own blog before either – feel free to drop the link in. This is also open to non-bloggers so please share. Pictures would be great, but it’s not essential.
To find out more, check out the announcement of the feature that I sent out last week:

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