I notice the eye rolls and hear the whispers from ladies that haven't quite gotten past high school (even though they are in their late 30's). I try my hardest not to let it bother me. According to some, I a bad mom.
1. I allow my daughter to draw on her baby's head. Nobody else in our house is into dolls, and she wanted her baby to no longer be bald. Seems logical to me.
2. I let my kids jump on their beds. It isn't my bed and it is simple, free and qualifies as exercise, right?
3. I don't give my kids a bath every day. I don't shower everyday, why do they need to?
4. I allow my kids to wear two different socks. Sometimes it is hard to find the stinking match and I figure as long as their feet are warm, who cares.
5. My kids can run ahead of me as long as they stop at the alleys or streets. I know this can be dangerous, but I have trust in my children that they understand the rules and will stay safe.
Despite these major faux pas; my kids are safe, healthy and kind children.
It is easy for us all to judge, but we can't all do things the same way - that would be boring.
Trust me, there are plenty of times when I disagree with parents giving their children lollipops to shut them up, but I remind myself not to jump to conclusions. Can they be healthy lollipops, or maybe it is a special treat?
We have all thought we are bad moms at some point in this journey; we need others to support us; not make us feel worse.
Next time you see a mother doing something different than you agree with, try to smile and worry about yourself.