Plank Pullin – The one where I admit I’m not a perfect parent.


It’s Plank Pullin’ time! The one day a week that we strongly resolve to ignore the multitude of specks and sawdust around us and pull one bona fide plank from our own eye. Matthew 7:3-5, style.


Considering the pdf release of my new eBook Parenting Wild Things yesterday, it seems perfectly natural to make my plank all parenty today.


Btw, have you gotten your copy of Parenting Wild Things yet?  I’d really appreciate your support!


If you’ve already read the book then I doubt you came away with the idea that I think I’m an awesome parent.  Because I captial Don’t.  Parenting Wild Things – Embracing the Rumpus is one big fat book of my mistakes.


So I don’t want you to be afraid to read it because you’re worried about my high horse and turned up nose.  I promise, my horse is a mere pony and my nose is looking squarely down.  Um, but not in a condescending way.


The book consists of 8 chapters and I have failed in almost all of them at some point this week.


I’ve forgotten that my children are aliens not criminals.

I have failed to give my toddler the Time Ins that he needed.

I’ve failed to listen to my Wild Things intentionally.

I’ve failed to say yes as often as I could/should.

I’ve lost my 100 year perspective.


Hello my name is Jessica, and I’m a recovering Authoritarian Parent.

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  1. You and me both. Sometimes I feel like the worst mom in the world. lol
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  2. I’ve been attempting to send them all to bed early since 6:30. Entirely since I just wanted to selfishly be alone.
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  3. I love the “recovering authoritarian parent” phrase. That SO describes me!! It’s a constant challenge! Thanks for being real, girl!
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  4. Donna Gail says:

    I often feel like walking around with a big ole L on my forehead for Loser Parent! But recently my son and I spent the weekend with my mom, just the 3 of us at the beach. I confessed my Loser Parenting skills to my mom and she said, “You’re a great mom! You talk. You explain.” My mom and I had a great chat and now when I think, you’re a terrible parent those words are replayed in my head.

  5. I am the BE QUITE! I AM THINKING PARENT. I dont want to sing ABC’s and 1,2,3’s to a toddler with 4 second attention span. He thinks a bucket of cars are more interesting than me…I just want those cars to VROOOOOOOOM and SCHREEEECH not in my ears. :0/

    • Jessica says:

      Me too. I am so ADD, I cannot listen or think when there’s distractions or noise. It’s terrible.

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