ZemZen: March 16th, 2018

Welcome to ZemZen, a collection of the Internet’s best parenting articles hand-selected by the Zemcar team. We understand that parenting – as rewarding as it can be – is difficult. Check back every Friday for our latest suggested reads. To see past ZemZen articles click here.




Why I Decided to Be An Imperfect Mother

As parents, we strive for perfection. We want to do right by our children – we want to always be there to pick them up and drop them off at school or at practice, to be as present in their lives as much as possible. But the reality is that’s easier said than done and frankly, there’s no such thing as perfect parenting. In this article, Rachel Hollis, Founder and CEO of Chich Media, discusses why she decided to embrace being an imperfect mother.



Quit Feeling Guilty About Missing Your Child’s Performance

Even if we embrace the imperfect parent mindset, there’s no question we’ll inevitably feel guilty for missing a big performance or an important game and wonder if our absence could have a negative impact on our children. According to Wall Street Journal columnist Sue Shellenbarger, psychologists think that this could, in fact, be good for their development.



Q&A: How to explain grandma’s dementia to kids

As kids get older, so too does everyone else in their lives. With age comes – unfortunately – illnesses that can have a huge effect on a family’s dynamic and schedule. In her latest Parent to Parent Q & A, Jodie Lynn shares her tips for discussing life-altering illnesses in the family with your children.



The risk of being your child’s best friend and how to draw the line

There are many styles of parenting out there – but one popular style is choosing to be a child’s best friend. In her most recent article, Chicago Tribune columnist Danielle Braff discusses the delicate nature of this parenting style and how it can be tricky to navigate.



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