I talk a lot about how moms are far too hard on themselves. It's true: we expect (and, often, are expected) to be perfect and then beat ourselves up when we fall short of a ridiculous and impossible goal. But everyone makes mistakes! To prove it, I asked some dads to break down and admit their biggest parenting mistake. Some of these are doozies, folks.
This isn't to hate on the "teh menz" or hold ourselves superior to them. All of the mistakes my buddies here have made could just as easily been made by a mom. I've done a bunch of these myself, if I'm being honest! And looking back at some of the mistakes I've made that I still feel bad about (there are plenty, to be sure, because there is a lot to learn when it comes to parenting and you have to do it all while exhausted) my kids don't remember any of them. Well, for the most part anyway. My boy has a memory like a steal trap and a genetic predisposition to grudges and vendettas.
But even big mistakes, the ones that will stay with them for life, can be overcome with effort. Because lucky for us, children are remarkably resilient and parents are, with effort, tremendously adaptable.
While most of the dudes I spoke to requested anonymity (parental judgment is not just for moms, apparently!), here are their confessions of varying degrees of seriousness.