Ego thinks there is such a thing as success and failure, and that they are important.
It cares what other parents think.
It makes you question your intuition and what you know in your heart.
It thinks it knows when something is “right” or “wrong.” It still believes they exist. If it’s right, you deserve recognition. If it’s wrong, you deserve rebuke.
It wants you to believe you can reason emotions or inconvenient but genuine reactions away, or if you only explain it differently maybe you can get them to understand.
Ego drives you toward some ideal it has created and continuously points out the things that don’t function within that perfection. It thinks there’s something to fix.
It makes you strive for control even when control doesn’t serve anything else but its own survival.
It makes you angry when your child doesn’t do things in the time you require.
It makes you livid when he does things you specifically asked him not to do.
It makes you fly into a rage when he does these things and then smiles because he knows he just made you fly into a rage.
Ego tells you that to be a parent you need to do anything other than love your child unconditionally.
Ego lets you forget how much you have left to learn and that your children are your greatest teachers.
There is no place for ego in parenting. Only love and openness. Open heart. Open ears. Gratitude, even amongst chaos and tough lessons. Presence, even when your pride makes you want to remain in the past. Forgiveness, even when you realize you let your ego parent your child for a little while.
And love. Always love.
Thank you for the reminder.