She says a big part of parenting is just being there, nobody is perfect:
I like to think I’m doing a good job. I’m there for my daughter almost all the time, as much as I can possibly be. You don’t have to do everything right — just be there.
That philosophy helps her to feel less guilty when she has to be away for work:
“I had to be on a business trip all day Saturday. But I knew it was coming so I spent every minute of Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday with Bryn, and then all day Sunday again. So really, I only missed one day. I didn’t like it, but I didn’t feel guilty at all.”
She’s also not beating herself up over every little thing:
“Bryn’s not drinking enough milk right now, but that has nothing to do with me. It’s not like I’m a bad mom because of that.”
She thinks her age has a little to do with her outlook on mothering:
For me, I think that having Bryn later in my 30s was a good thing. I’ve had more experience and I appreciate it more. I don’t think, at 23, I’d have been the same kind of mom I am now, but I have no idea. I’m sure there are plenty of great 23-year-old mothers out there!”
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