I love parenting blogs and websites. Love them. I love following other moms on Twitter and Facebook. I love networking with other moms and talking about our kids and sharing advice. What I don’t love is my propensity for second guessing myself when I hear about a mom doing something different than how I do it. I have a bad habit of looking at someone who’s successfully doing something I don’t do and wondering if I’d be a better mom if I added that to the way we do business around here.
There’s probably an official psychological term for comparing yourself unfavorably to the mom sitting next to you, but I just think of it as the latest manifestation of the scared middle-school girl I was 25 years ago when I wondered if I’d be cooler if I watched The Facts Of Life even though I didn’t really like that show. Now, I worry that I’d be a better mother if I made different food choices for my kids or was better about getting my baby on a nap schedule. Which is silly, really. My kids are awesome and happy and thriving. Why on earth should I feel bad about what I’m doing when all the evidence in front me says things are great?
Let’s make a deal, shall we? If any of us ever have those kind of thoughts about being a worse mother than someone else, we should take a breath and think of three good things about how we’re raising our kids. Just flip it around and focus on the good. To start, here is a list of 10 things you shouldn’t feel bad about doing.
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