When we are trying so hard to do everything perfectly and be the “model” mom or dad, we might as well think of it as tightening the noose. We are not only choking the life out of our own experiences, but we’re unwittingly teaching our kids that anything less than perfect isn’t good enough. That’s not to say that we should stop trying our best to be a good parent. It just means that we should readjust our idea of what being a good parent means. Reclaim your sense of humor and your ability to learn from your mistakes. Be coachable instead of perfect and a couple of things will happen. You’ll not only be more fun to be around, but you just might teach something attainable and valuable to the ones who are watching.