Who's the world's BEST mom?

"I wonder who's actually the BEST mom?"
 
...my husband asked, after I had said something like, 'I know I'm not the world's best mom but I hope this is a good memory.'
 
He went on to say - "I wonder if like, God or whoever, revealed it- everyone would be surprised and be like, THAT was it? That's the best?"
 
And I thought for a minute before responding.  
 
Are there some overall "good practices" when it comes to parenting?
YES
 
Are there some overall "no no's"?  
OF COURSE
 
But is there one Gold Standard?
NO.
 
So I answered, "Well, it still depends on who that mom is parenting.  What's the "best" for one kid isn't the "best" for another, even a sibling."
 
Then I looked around the living room at the plants I'd collected.
 
 
I made the rookie mistake with my first few plants of buying them for looks without researching their care + maintenance first.
 
I had no idea what I was doing. 
No idea how often to water them.
No idea how much sun they needed...
 
So, I wasn't doing my BEST work as a plant mom.
 
But I learned.
 
The last few I picked up I read all about first.
 
I've made mental notes about how often they need to be watered, what it means when they're droopy or have brown leaves.  
 
I have them set up in the right spot in the room with the level of sun that's right for them.
 
That's exactly what each child needs.
 

A parent who gets to know their personality.

A parent willing to do some "research" to figure them out.

A parent that understands each child is unique and may need a different approach.

 
I am the parent my kids need because I keep doing that every day.
 
You are the parent your kids need if you do the same.
 
There is NO world's BEST mom.
 
Simply a whole lot of moms that are the right mom for their kid.
 
Listen to Failing Motherhood for reminders of this every episode.
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