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Reason #6 • I continue to set unreasonable expectations for myself…and therefore I often fail.

Excerpt from Must. Have. Wine. A Toast to Motherhood

Unreasonable Expectations

How did I picture preschool for my child? Just like everything else, I imagine.  All happy-go-lucky, with roses and sugar-coated cherries on top.  Don’t we all picture our children’s lives this way? Perfect.  We are going to be the best parents, have the smartest children, the greatest home lives.  And then, when reality hits, we don’t know what went wrong.

I dropped Callie off for her first day of preschool with a grin on my face and a tear in my eye.  How did we get here already? That afternoon I got a follow-up letter when I picked her up telling me how wonderful my little girl was and how much happiness and enthusiasm she contributed to the group.  A mental check mark in my brain as an early parenting success scored.

Weeks later I learned that Callie was having a few issues.  Her pretty blonde teacher met me at the door with an optimistic smile on her face that could only mean trouble.  The way she started was classic: “Callie is such an addition to our group; so charming and full of life…but…

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