I guess it isn’t enough that we, as parents, are propagating the human race. You would think we would get a pat on the back and a “Thanks for not letting us go extinct, bro.” Instead, we are met with a daily onslaught of bullshit comments about nearly everything we do. Some, I suppose, are warranted. I mean, there ARE people who put soda in baby bottles.
But by and large, parents are unduly criticized for parenting behaviors like these and people need to just get the hell over them. Here are the parenting behaviors people need to get over, like, now…
Why in the holy hell does anyone care where the members of my family sleep? Unless you are duct taping your child to the ceiling during bedtime, I don’t care what you do. Share a room or share a bed if you want. Put your child on a different floor if you want. As parents, we need to do what we need to do in order to get the most sleep possible. Everyone else can take their fresh eyes and rested faces and shove it.
Oh.Em.Gee. I am so over the unmedicated vs. epidural vs. C-section shenanigans that hijack every birth post ever written. Do I believe a woman should have a say in how she has her baby? Absolutely. Do I judge a woman for how she has her baby? Hell no. You keep doing you, mama. You are the only person who knows what will work for you. Oh, and here’s a HIGH FREAKING FIVE for surviving the hell that is pregnancy and giving your child the best shot possible at life. We need more “atta girls” and fewer “tsks tsks.”
SHUT UP with “Breast is best.” Everyone knows it. That’s like saying, “Wine is awesome.” DUH. I loved nursing my kids but fully recognize the invaluable manmade creation that is formula. If formula didn’t exist, babies would die. That’s the straight up truth. Also, some women really struggle – to the point of tears struggle – trying to breastfeed. Can’t we just cut them some slack and be like, “Oh, hey, is your baby eating? Because that’s all that matters. Here’s a cookie, because you just pushed a kid out of your vagina and are now raising it. Actually, here’s two cookies. And a beer.”
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Pretty Much Everything Else
Really, folks, can we just calm the eff down about all of it? A parent hits up a drive-thru and all of a sudden he is guilty of promoting childhood obesity. Maybe it was a special treat for a kid who just wanted a friggin’ Happy Meal. A mother chooses not to take her husband’s last name and everyone’s like, “Oh, but won’t that confuse the children?” Dude. No.
Unless a parent is truly endangering a child, everyone should just shut up. Every family has its own rhythm. Parents know their children better than anyone else. We know what works for our kids and for our lifestyles. Trying to act like you know better than that parent just makes you look like an ass. Unless there is soda in a baby bottle, because that really is just plain stupid.