10 perfect moments when you know you're doing parenting right

Posted April 14

It's easy to feel discouraged, but then your kids do things that let you know you're doing something right. (Deseret Photo)

As a parent, you often have feelings of failure and frustration, but there are times when you get some much needed reassurance that you must be doing something right and those moments are just what you need to recharge your parenting batteries.

Here are 10 perfect moments when you know you are doing parenting right.

1. When your children teach someone else how to do something

As a parent, you spend a lot of time teaching your kids, and you really know your teachings have stuck when you see them sharing the knowledge. From tying a shoe to throwing a football to solving algebra, it’s a great parenting moment when your kids teach someone else what you have taught them.

2. When your children are kind to others with no prompting from you

Seeing your child reach out and show compassion to someone else will fill you with love and pride for that child and will help you know you are on the right track with your parenting.

3. When your children show independence

Your goal as a parent is to have your children grow up and be productive adults. When you see them making decisions, taking care of things on their own and doing things without being asked, you’ll feel your parenting skills are on point.

4. When your children create good habits

From the time they are born, you teach your kids good habits like brushing teeth daily, saying thank you, being on time and doing homework. The moments when you see your children using the good habits you have consistently tried to teach is a huge parent payday.

5. When your children make good choices on their own

Many parents express how they feel on top of the parenting world when they see their children choosing to do good things on their own. When your children decide on their own to do good, you can know you are doing something right.

6. When your children show you love

You may try to hide your emotions from your kids, but sometimes the tears can’t be held back. You are so touched when your child notices you are having a bad day and responds with a hug or an “I love you.” You definitely experience a perfect parenting moment when your kids express love to you.

7. When your children repeat positive things you’ve said

Kids will mimic what they hear their parents say. When they repeat something positive you’ve told them to themselves, a sibling or someone else, you feel reassured you are on target with your parenting.

8. When your children apply what you’ve taught them

The way you know your kids are listening to the things you are trying to teach them is when they actually apply the teachings in their own lives. It’s a great feeling to see your child trying to improve herself with a skill you taught her.

9. When your children learn from mistakes

It’s hard to see your child make a mistake. You want to want to swoop in and take over before a wrong choice is made. But when you step back and let kids learn the lessons mistakes provide, you feel a perfect parenting moment.

10. When your children are peacefully sleeping

The days as a parent can be long and tiring, but sometimes all it takes to feel you’re doing your best and you’ve got this parenting thing down is to watch your child sleeping. The stresses and hard things of the day melt away and you know you are doing something right.

What are your perfect parenting moments?

Darla Trendler loves living in the Arizona sunshine with her husband and four kids. She writes at


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