This post has been floating about in my drafts for months now. It’s something that has been on my mind for a long time.
I’m in a lot of Facebook group, while I mostly lurk in the background, I’ve seen a number of parents attacked with words for their parenting choices and it’s really starting to get to me. I follow lots of big parenting websites and it’s happen publically in the comments section too.
I don’t believe any mother or father for that matter should ever be judged for their parenting decisions. Parenting is tough going whether you have one kid or ten. In fact nobody really knows what happens behind closed doors, and how hurtful some of those comments I’ve seen could be to someone. Instead of judging or getting the last word in can we not just all support and encourage one another? We are all out to do what we believe is the best for our own children.
I’ve baby led weaned and traditionally weaned.
I use both cloth nappies and disposables.
I’ve breast-fed and bottle fed.
We have a co-sleeper and a cot sleeper
I’ve tried cry it out, controlled crying and no crying at all.
I’ve pushed a buggy and wore my baby.
I’m a stay at home and I’ve been a working mum.
And my two-year old still takes a bottle going to bed and sucks a soother.
We all have our reasons, whether they’ve been informed decisions or not, and while I do believe everyone is entitled to an opinion, sometimes we need to learn when to keep our mouths shut. Can we not just support and accept one another’s decisions? Parenting is hard enough without having to worry what other people think.
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