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My Kid, My Choice: Readers Share Their Badass Parenting Decisions

By Lori Garcia |

You know you’re a badass parent.

You’ve made decisions for the sake of your family that may have been considered unpopular or just plain crazy – but look at you, you went ahead and made them anyway.

I harrassed polled readers on Facebook and Twitter to share the most badass parenting decisions they’ve made; this is what they said:

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My Kid, My Choice: Readers Share Their Badass Parenting Decisions

We simplified

"I quit my job & we left NYC and moved to a quiet Boston suburb - a smaller home and we cut back significantly so that I can be at home with our children." ~Kristin (

What say you? What badass parenting decisions have you made?

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About Lori Garcia


Lori Garcia

Lori Garcia is a writer and mother of two living and loving in Southern California. When she's not fussing with her bangs, you can find her shaking her groove thing on her personal blog, Mommyfriend where she almost never combines true tales of motherhood and mayhem with her degree in child development. Read bio and latest posts → Read Lori's latest posts →

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0 thoughts on “My Kid, My Choice: Readers Share Their Badass Parenting Decisions

  1. baigan says:

    i lied about my 2 1/2 year old’s age… so she could get into Sesame Place for free. :)

  2. JamieAnne says:

    Making the choice (almost 14 years ago) to become an housewife and stay at home mom. It was hard…to lose the income. It’s been a wonderful thing for my family.

  3. Teresa Coates says:

    I packed up everything and moved to Vietnam to volunteer in orphanages alongside my 9- and 14-year-old kids.

    Best decision ever.

  4. Bmarie97 says:

    Told my in-laws they could not come visit my 2 week old again because we needed time to bond with baby.

  5. Adelaide says:

    I took my year maternity leave after my son was born in Germany. Within his first three months or so, we traveled throughout Germany, to Brussels, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Austria, and to the US–California, Texas, Utah, and Arizona. We’ve had a ton of other fun adventures this first year of his life. It was also my first year taking a break from everything, and it’s been amazing. My year maternity leave is sadly coming to an end this month, but it’s definitely been real. Check it out at

  6. Katie Van Dyke says:

    Instead of feeling guilty for not staying together for my kids, I left a verbally and mentally abusive relationship, and found myself again. I became an even better mother, and became an example of a strong and independent woman that they can respect. I am now married to a wonderful man, and our relationship teaches our children the true value of being in a healthy and loving partnership, and to never settle for anything less than they deserve, just like I didn’t.

  7. paloma says:

    while just under 2 months pregnant, for the safety and health of my baby and i, i left an abusive relationship after being threatened by the babys father while i was laying next to 3 of his other kids from a previous relationship im only 23 years old and a proud single mother of my one month old son while hes 32 and locked up in jail for the next 3 years

  8. Julie Leegard says:

    Where is the like button here? :-) I think everyone wants a chance to tell their mothe inlaw to shut up, no matte what its about :-)

  9. Allie says:

    Lying about your kids age to get them into summer camp isn’t cool. I’ve been a camp counselor and there are age limits for a reason.

    The age limit was 5. We had a just turned 4 YO in my cabin. It was a nightmare. She was not ready to be at camp.

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