Parents often get judged for the decisions they make regarding parenting. It can be something as simple as buying the wrong brand of diaper to those controversial topics like breastfeeding.
In my short run as a parent, I have been judged for things such as letting my daughter wear flip flops in the fall, not having a hat on their heads when it is 50 degrees out or when I should wean them off pacifiers. I usually just roll my eyes or brush it off.
I think the most annoying one was on the issue of being a stay at home mom. I would love to go out and work, but with trying to finish school and not making a ton of money, it isn't really feasible. Well, someone tried to tell me that working moms were selfish and that if I loved my children, I should stay home and raise them, not let a stranger raise them. That offended me because not only do I intend to be a working mom at some point, but my own mother was a working mom and I do not feel like I was less of a person for her having done so. I made sure to tell her that my mom was an excellent mother and I never faulted her for working!
I anticipate lots of dirty looks and raised eyebrows in my child rearing future, but hopefully my kids will turn out to be happy, healthy citizens!
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