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6 Parenting Controversies That Exhaust Me

By marinka |

I am a mom to a 13-year-old and a 10-year-old and a stepmom to a 17-year-old, so I am constantly exhausted. But nothing, and I mean, nothing exhausts me like the parenting controversies that will just not go away.

I am absolutely all for discussion. But when it’s less about discussion than it is about “I’m right, you’re wrong” it becomes, well…not good.

Here are the top parenting controversies that I am so over:

1. Medicated vs. Unmedicated birth: Both my births were medicated and I have absolutely no regrets. Well, except that they didn’t send me home with a morphine drip.

2. C-section vs. Vaginal birth: I had one of each. There were pros and cons to each. You can’t tell by looking at my kids the method by which they were birthed.

3. Circumcised vs. Uncut: Every family makes the decision that is based on their religious, cultural and medical beliefs. Unless someone is imposing their beliefs on your family, it’s not an issue.

4. Breastfeeding vs. Bottle: Feed your baby. In a way that works for you. I breastfed only one of my children. But there were plenty of lactation consultants around to make me feel guilty about that!

5. Sleep Training vs. No Sleep Training If you don’t want to sleep train your baby, don’t. See also, if you want to sleep train your baby, do.

6. Work Outside the Home Mom vs. Stay At Home Home vs. Work At Home Mom: Different scenarios work for different families. Sometimes different scenarios work for different families at different times.

People are complicated. Families are complex. There is more than one way to skin a cat. Or rear a child, for that matter.

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About marinka



Marinka is a wife and mother of two living in Manhattan's West Village. On her personal site Motherhood in NYC, she blogs about her life in New York City, her kids and family, current events, and the art and science of blogging.

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5 thoughts on “6 Parenting Controversies That Exhaust Me

  1. BakingSuit says:

    See? It’s not that complicated.

  2. goddess says:

    You forgot to vaccinate or not
    Homeschool versus public/private schooling,.

  3. LogicalMama says:

    I’ll tell you what I love is that you just wrote your list instead of providing pics that would force us into a slideshow format! Major kudos to you for that!

  4. Danielle C says:

    yes!! Let’s retire them all.
    Agree on slideshow-not smartphone frienddly. This post is easy to read. :)

  5. Peajaye says:

    I agree with everything in the post and all the comments thus far! Wow. I don’t know if that’s ever happened before.

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