You may wonder why I named this concept “Not-So-Perfect Parent”. It’s actually a sadly inspiring story about a real-life event. I had just given birth to my first-born child. It was mid-afternoon and I was still in my pajamas . As I nursed my darling son, my attention wandered to the television. As if to mock me, there stood one of those perfect “can-do” women.
You know the type. She was touting her herbal honey made with fresh picked herbs from her organically grown garden. I scoffed at her audacity, but the breaking point came when I watched her don beekeeper gear and collect honey from beehives. This was no mere woman. She had to be genetically engineered, a modern-day Stepford wife. Homemade honey – let’s get real!
Thank goodness I came to my senses before I threw the nearest thing at the television. I was inspired from that moment forward to bring some sanity and rational expectations into the lives of real women, and in this case real mothers since I had just joined their ranks.
I left my cushy, cozy and oh-so-comfy job to pursue this quest and was lucky enough to land not far from my Fort Worth stomping grounds to work in Dallas at WFAA. I have now expanded outside the box - the TV kind and the Topic kind – and realized the quest for perfection seeps into so many other aspects of a women’s life. The New Not-So-Perfect Radio show is now airing on 103.7 LITE FM and serves as a respite from our collective desire to per-fect the imperfect – by that I mean our husbands, our families, our culinary skills, our bodies, our kids, our in-laws, our wardrobe… and the list goes on and on!
Remember – life’s not about being perfect. It’s about being real. Let’s stumble on this journey together!
Paige is married and has three children– Colt age 11 and Luke age 7. Most recently, Paige and her family adopted Victoria, now age 1, from Colombia.