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We recently moved from Sydney to Canberra and driving home from a trip to check out the shops I missed the turn into our street. I said “Oh dear, I have missed our turn” my three year old daughter was in the back of the car and she replied with “You know, you’re not perfect Mum”.

She had never said this before and it really made me laugh. Moving states had put a lot of pressure on the family. We needed to find new doctors, hairdresser and a good per school. The whole family was making new friends and getting used to new routines.

My daughter’s honest and innocent comment made me realise that moving is a process that takes time and not everything needs to be perfect straight away. So I decided then to put less pressure on setting the house up perfectly and more time on trying my best to make the place a comfortable home for us all to enjoy.

Striving for perfection is also something I found myself trying to do as a Mother. It also causes me to feel a lot of guilt because if I don’t meant my unreasonable expectations I feel disappointed. I no longer strive for perfection, thanks to some wise words from my daughter.

I have realised that “I’m not perfect” and that perfection is a hard benchmark to meet so I’m now happy with doing the best job I can.

  • We are all perfect in our own little ways

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  • I also try to make our home comfortable instead of perfect! It seems a bit more relaxed.

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  • We should place more importance on doing the best we can, rather than trying to be perfect. That’s what we tell our kids, we should listen to our own advice

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  • sometimes kids really say something that makes you stop and think

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  • when we take a lot of pressur of ourselves to be perfect, we realise we were pretty close and should be happy with that

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  • lol. I’m not perfect either. But I also do the best I can :)


    • I am far from perfect, but like yourself, try the best I can.

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  • Good read thanks for the information

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  • As long as you do your best then it doesn’t matter if you are perfect or not!

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  • I too feel alot of guilt about things and about being a mother. We have to try to remember we are not perfect, nobody is!

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  • I was a perfectionist and I still struggle with it sometimes, but I did eventually realise that there is no such thing as perfect. No one and nothing is perfect. And that’s OK. :-)

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  • What a great story. Out of the mouthes of babes as they say. As women we often put the bar too high for ourselves and become disheartened when it is simply unattainable because we can’t be everything to everyone all of the time and have a perfect house, organise everything etc.

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  • It is so true, no one is perfect, you can just do your best

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  • thanks for sharing was a great read

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  • and perfection is overrated and boring anyway :P

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  • Thanks for sharing, so true.!

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