All Parents Make Mistakes

All Parents Make Mistakes

I’ve been a full-time parent for almost 10 years. My experience is teaching me how much I don’t know. As a periodic stepdad here and there for longer, I have had excuses why I didn’t have all the answers. Now, there are no reasons for my lack of understanding for the last 10 years. As a kid, I believe Will Smith summed up perfectly with “Parents Just Don’t Understand.”

Well, I’m going to say that “All Parents make Mistakes.” And no, I’m not going to do a video or skit around this subject, but every parent and child can agree. My parents weren’t perfect. Their parents weren’t perfect. The cycle doesn’t stop. A skit would be hilarious with Will Smith’s “Parents Just Don’t Understand” video, but we all have different cultural, socioeconomic, and religious upbringings- and I know someone will get offended.

My point is to not offend anyone, but apologize in advance for all the no’s you heard as a kid. Those no’s and can’t’s were not meant to pigeon-hole and stop you from accomplishing your dreams. We as parents wanted to protected you from any hurt. More than anything, we didn’t want you to fail. As a parent, we like to stay in control and guide you as best as possible.

To all my mini me’s (starting with Josiah), I’m sorry for all my mistakes. I love you with all my heart. My intention was to help you become happy when you looked in the mirror. I want you be more successful than me. Please don’t make the same mistakes when you become a parent. All parents make mistakes, just don’t make the same ones I did with you.

I write this because my business is personal. My struggles are for your gain. No strings attached.

Nathan A. Webster, MBA

I was born, raised and currently residing in Vancouver, WA. Grateful to have an entrepreneurial life that allows me to use my God-given talents to help others pursue their passion. I'm blessed to be educated (MBA-Operations) veteran (US Marine Corps) who enjoys the community with all my family members (blood and adopted).