Is there a perfect way to be a parent? New Kraft video asks

For Mother’s Day, Kraft gave us the gem “How to swear like a Mother” from swearing expert Melissa Mohr, author of “Holy Sh*t: A History of Swearing.”


Now for Christmas time, the mac-and-cheese maker gives us a more sentimental gem, a video that declares, “There’s no one perfect way to do this.”

It cites this statistic:

“8 out of 10 parents feel pressure to be “perfect.” ”

A mom says “Everybody wants to be the best parent. Everybody wants to raise this perfect kid.”

And then Kraft reminds:

“It’s an impossible standard to live up to.”

The parents the video interviews talk about whether they’ve “done enough” for their kids every day, are they pushing them too hard or not hard enough, and feeling like their child deserves more than they can give.

A more experienced parent says, “You’re never going to feel like you’re doing it right.”

It asks parents the question:

“What if there’s something better than being perfect?”

Then it shows these parents’ children talking about what great parents their parents are.

It tells these parents and all of us:

“To all the parents out there who are hard on themselves, Kraft wants you to know, you don’t have to be perfect to be great.”

We’ve talked about Mommy Burnout before as well as how to reshape your life to focus on what’s important, not on perfection. 

What are you doing to embrace your imperfections and shed the mommy guilt?

Author: Nicole Villalpando

Nicole Villalpando writes about families in the Raising Austin blog and the Raising Austin column on Saturdays. She also offers a weekly and monthly family calendar at She tweets at @raisingaustin.

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