I’m going to let you in on a little secret about my life that I’ve learned a) from strangers at Target and b) from strangers on the internet: No matter how you parent, it’s the wrong way to do it.
Oh, so you breastfeed? Well, that’s gross.
Oh, so you bottlefeed? You’re a selfish twat.
Whether or not you’re parenting “right” or parenting “wrong” absolutely depends on who you talk to and the culture of the area. But I think we can all agree that articles like TIME’s “Are You Mom Enough?” just dig at the root of our worries – are we enough for our children? It feeds this awful guilt within us that twists into dark places and creates the beast that is “mom guilt.” I’m tired of being told that choosing to bottle feed my baby was “unnatural” when I have a thriving and healthy two-year-old. I’m tired of being praised that babywearing helped us become attached.
On the other hand, I thought I’d have a little tongue-in-cheek fun with the “theme” of the day, regarding the right and wrong ways to parent in the 21st century:
Go ahead and giggle. It’s all out of good fun! Because the truth is, what I did “wrong” wasn’t wrong - it was right for me, right for my baby, right for our life. And what I did “right” wasn’t always right – after a few months, I hated making baby food and trying to get the perfect texture when he preferred the smoother jar baby food. I’m just doing the best that I can and that makes me “mom enough” for my toddler.
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