THE PERFECT PARENT MYTH
If there’s one thing that makes a perfect parent, it’s imperfection: so says one of the most recognisable global parenting experts, Jo Frost.
Frost (pictured) became a no-nonsense phenomenon with the worldwide television series Supernanny.
She told The Advertiser from her London home that the “smoke and mirrors” of social media only added to the pressures to be the perfect parent. “The reality is ... messier,” Jo says. “The perfect parent doesn’t exist; no one is perfect. “We all screw up, we make mistakes, we get a bit lazy. “I understand and celebrate that (sort of) parent but, at the same time, I don’t think it’s okay to celebrate not doing anything all the time.”
She said the most common mistake modern-day parents made was using quick fixes to curb their child’s behaviour.
“We live in the kind of world where we want immediate gratification, we want everything yesterday and that our techniques will work in five minutes. “But there are no shortcuts in parenting. “If you make a decision and it’s a quick fix, it turns around and bites you on the bum.”