Parents, raise your hand if you have ever encountered someone who acted like their sole purpose in life is to comment on how you raise your kid.
They can be family members, total strangers, and my personal favorite, people with no kids.
Most of the time, I just give a small nod to make it seem like what they said is of consequence to me. Have you ever tried to engage anyone in a debate over parenting?
It’s pretty much pointless.
There’s a notoriously judgmental parent at my daughter’s school. Both my husband and I have been on the receiving end of her disapproval, in varying degrees. Maybe she’s the grandmaster wizard of parenting, so she’s entitled to point out what other parents are doing wrong. I seem to have missed the memo.
What I am certain about is that parenting is such a personal experience. It’s hard to say that what works for you will work for another. Love is shown in so many ways.
My kids are happy and healthy, and when they throw their little arms around me, I would like to think that means that we’re doing well. So what if another parent makes a snarky comment?
And you know what happens when you give enough snarky comments, right? It gives the rest of us the chance to whip out Mean Girl references.