Earlier today I was in the car with a friend who was talking about a fellow mother and all the things that another Mom could be doing differently in order to help the development of her child. The whole time I was just cringing. My friend certainly means well and is an incredible person, but I couldn’t stop thinking about how I would feel if someone talked about my parenting like that.
Parenting opened a whole can of insecurities for me. And I don’t think I am crazy. I think so many of us judge one another. It’s almost natural. Not good, but natural. Sometimes we get into the thought process that if WE were in that situation, we would do X, Y, and Z and it would all be better. It’s true, I see a friend with a trouble and bite my tongue because I am convinced I have the earth shattering answer. That my skills would fix it.
But the fact is, they can’t.
That Mama knows her child and what is unique to her family. So who am I to cast judgement?
That is why I want to create the “Mama, I’ve Got Your Back” Pact. I want to make a few promises to all you fellow Mamas. I am promising not to talk about your parenting choices unless I feel they are jeopardizing your child. Not only will I not gossip, but if I start to judge before I even open my mouth, I plan to take a moment and think about how YOU know what’s best for YOUR child.
I’d love for you to join me in this promise as well (comment below and show your commitment). Please also post this to your Facebook Wall to let your friends know about this promise you are making. I bet it brings many friends a lot of comfort to know that someone trusts their instincts.
Bloggers, if you are writing about you making this pact, please link up below! (you are also welcome to use the image).
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