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Everyone's A Critic

Haters gonna hate.

Awhile back I blogged about our Montessori approach to sleeping and explained that we’ve decided to use a floor bed in Fern’s nursery. Obviously this is something most parents don’t opt for, so it was bound to receive a few raised eyebrows, but overall most people, even the skeptics have been polite.

That is until my article got posted over at Yahoo Shine the other day.

Last I looked, there were 216 comments on the article. Apparently people had very strong opinions on the issue of the floor bed and they let it be known. I got about 50 comments in, when my husband made me stop reading.

I realized when I shared our unconventional sleep set up that some people would probably think it was weird and maybe a bit “hippy,” but I figured most would think “to each her own.” But apparently parents are quite the judgy bunch when it comes to one another’s parenting choices.

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I am such a people pleaser, so I really take it to heart when people don’t like me or are rude concerning something I’ve done, but I’m starting to realize that everyone’s a critic — or in the words of my wise friend Dana “Haters gonna hate.” I know I need to grow a thicker skin, but it’s still disappointing.

Everyone has their own unique view on the world and that plays into the unique way that they parent. Each parent’s style is going to be a little bit different and that’s ok. I’m Fern’s mom and that means I get to figure out what’s best for her and for our family. Live and let live. We parents have enough to worry about in our day-to-day lives without worrying about other parents bullying our child rearing choices.

Come on mamas. We’re better than that. Please don’t judge my parenting choices and I won’t judge yours. Deal?

•Lauren Hartmann is the founder of The Little Things We Do, a blog about life and adventures in Portland Oregon. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook, or catch up on all of her posts here on Babble.

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