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Best of Our Blogs: August 11, 2015

ParentingI’ve felt the sharp pain of guilt in the past from soured relationships and professional failure. That hardly compares however, with the amount of guilt I’ve experienced being a parent.

But every time I get to that deep, dark place, I remember something someone told me once. Filled with her own insecurities as a single mom, she realized there were some things she couldn’t give her child. She would make mistakes. She wouldn’t be perfect. But she also had a well of experience and wisdom to pull from. She was going to learn and grow with her child, and do the best she could with what she had.

I think that’s the best thing any of us can do. You might be entering a relationship, parenthood or other role with a feeling of inadequacy and guilt because of an illness or past mistake. But think of all the things you’ve already experienced and learned. The fact that you’re here, reading this, demonstrates a tremendous amount of responsibility, self-efficacy and a desire for self-improvement. The best gift you can give someone isn’t an illness-free, baggage-free life, it is self-awareness and the courage to get up and try again.

How to Identify a Narcissist In Family or Couples Counseling
(Neuroscience & Relationships) – Therapists know the signs. But how do you know if your or your family member is exhibiting behaviors of a narcissist? Here’s what to look for.

What Do You Wish Your Parents Had Said to You?
(Childhood Emotional Neglect) – Could being physically abused cause as much trauma to a child as being emotionally neglected, invalidated and ignored? According to this, it can be and the potential damage is profound. If your parents failed to provide what you needed as a child, this could help you fulfill your own needs currently.

Narcissistic Parenting
(Psychoanalysis Parenting) – Were you raised by a narcissistic parent? If so, you might recognize your family’s story here.

Choosing Recovery
(Embracing Balance) – Even with severe mental illness, all hope is not lost. As you’ll read here, it all begins with decision to commit to your recovery.

Forgotten Yet Priceless: The Common Pitfall Your Freshman Needs to Avoid
(Positive Psychology & Personality) – Your child is off to college. How do you prepare them for their first year? According to this, connection is key.

Best of Our Blogs: August 11, 2015

Brandi-Ann Uyemura, M.A.

Brandi-Ann Uyemura is a freelance writer specializing in self-help, spirituality, psychology and small business articles. She has a BA in English from University of Oregon and a MA in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University. She writes for various companies and publications and teaches stress management workshops. For more information, see her website

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Uyemura, B. (2018). Best of Our Blogs: August 11, 2015. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 1, 2020, from
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