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All the Expectations of Myself as a Parent I can Fall Short Of

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Thursday, Jul. 14, 2005 - 4:47 a.m.

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Fourth entry tonight.

Yes, I am giving my hand a little break: I get cramps from making too many final 4B pencil lines in a controlled manner.

Next up:Expectations of Myself as a Parent
Or things that if I don't succeed I will berate myself and feel somewhat of a failure. eek.

  • I will be available and open
  • I will be pleasant and welcoming
  • I will not get angry and shout
  • I will be patient and calm
  • I will not get depressed and overwhelmed
  • I will create a home the child will want to spend time in
  • I will be affectionate and loving
  • I will be open and easy to speak to and approach
  • I will be able to keep the child engaged and entertained
  • I will be able to make my expectations clear
  • I will be able to be firm and consistent
  • I will be able to discipline effectively
  • I will be able to feed my child nutritional food
  • I will be able to provide appropriate clothing
  • I will be able to provide appropriate toys
  • I will play with the child in manners the child enjoys
  • I will spend time with the child
  • I will be able to educate the child in personal care
  • I will be able to educate the child about the world around us
  • I will be able to educate the child in social interactions
  • I will be a good role model for the child, personally and socially
  • I will not make the child afraid of me
  • I will not have unreasonable expectations
  • I will be able to provide for the child financially
  • I will be able to do things I learned growning up that I'd like to pass on: making cookies, bread, singing, reading
  • I will provide a safe and comfortable home
  • I will be able to provide for the child's educational needs: schooling, physiotherapy, other therapy as needs be
  • I will be able to communicate effectively with the child
  • I will be interested and engaged in the child's interests
  • I will be attentive and open to the child's needs, esp when they differ from my own
  • I will provide the child with stimulating learning experiences: hobbies, sports, games
  • I will provide the child with a welcoming social milieu: friends, neighbors
  • I will provide the child with a sense of loving and committed family
  • I will be a sane person and keep my individuality

Well, that's all I can think of for now. Indubitably I will fall short in thousands of ways every day. Oooo the possibilities for guilt!


Other three entries here:
What I expect of Myself

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