Last Friday I wrote a post about the opinions of others when it comes to homeschool. What started out as that, morphed into writing a post about the new trend in parent shaming—a detour, if you will, so in an effort to keep to my point, instead of going off in a completely different direction, I thought I’d touch on the subject in a different post.
Between breast vs formula, homeschool vs public school, working vs stay-at-home, and free range vs helicopter—this parent shaming trend is completely out of control.
And, it needs to stop.
Like many women out there, I’ve had to make the this vs that choice when it comes to raising my kids. My kids were both bottle fed with formula. Of course, I exhausted the breast feeding effort, first, but in the end, I failed at it.
I worked outside the home for nearly four years while my oldest went to a daycare facility, and then later attended school and daycare. After two years in a public school, I pulled my oldest daughter out and began homeschooling.
My oldest was fed Gerber baby food, while my youngest was fed with homemade baby food because I had more time. And, while I don’t hover over my kids all day, the thought of sending them down the road without me scares the you-know-what out of me.
With all of those choices, I have to say that none of them were easy. Why? Because nothing about being a parent is easy. Well, I suppose loving them is, but I’m pretty sure that’s about it.
Parenting is hard.
It’s even harder when you are being shamed and judged for every choice you make for your family! Or, when you have to worry about random strangers walking up to you in public to tell you that you’re doing something wrong.
First, it’s not any of their business. People seriously need to learn to keep their big noses out of other peoples business. Second, instead of shaming each other, we should help each other. Why? Because, in the end, we are all just parents trying to do best for our kids.