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Spinning the wheels.
Parenting is hard, especially for first time parents. You doubt yourself every step of the way. And that’s when the vultures start circling above your head.
Bottle-feeding or formula-feeding? There is a vulture for that. Breastfeeding in public? There is a vulture for that. Co-sleeping or letting them cry-it-out? There is a vulture for that.
People are so quick to share their opinion (aka judge and mom-shame) without knowing the particular situation. Here are some examples when I was “advised”
1️⃣ C-section. “You got the easy way out. Lol.” That lol really sealed it. STFU. It was an emergency after 22 hours of labor and no progress.
2️⃣ Starting solids at 4 months. Shitstorm followed with condescending advice. Well, guess what, my baby was on a hunger strike for a week after I had to go back to work. So had to. Baby never took the bottle. STFU.
3️⃣ Pumping at work every 2 hours. Somebody called HR on me for leaving my desk too often. Yeah, well, can’t let my breasts explode, ya know. Sue me.
4️⃣ Having “just” one kid. “You will regret not having another one.” “She needs a sibling.” “She will grow up a spoiled brat.” OMG, obviously you know my family and my kid way better than I do.
Understand this, mothers and fathers aren’t as stupid or helpless as you think they I are. Keep your uninformed opinion to yourself. Every family is unique and your cliche advice my not apply.
What have you been judged on? Please share!
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