Please. I’m seriously people. I need you to do me a favor. Go ahead and raise your kids in any way you see fit. Are you a helicopter parent? Fantastic. May your rotor never cease its turning (Unless you want it to). I’m glad you are keeping your children safe. Or maybe you are sitting on a park bench, eyes fixed on your smartphone while your kids navigate the playground equipment. Whether it’s because you value independence, you just need a break, or you really do have something important to do on there (really.) is none of my business. You are doing what you need to do to survive and thrive in your parenting journey. I appreciate that, and I thank you for it.
Parenting isn’t an exact science, a lot of times we have to go by feel. What’s best for one family may not work for another. That’s fine. In fact, it’s so much more than fine. It’s a darn beautiful thing. There is no sense in nit-picking, labeling, or tearing each other down. We’re all doing the best we can in our difficult and oftentimes confusing roles as parents, and we would do well to support each other, even if we have a few variances in style and technique. Because at the end of the day were all trying to do the same thing: What’s best for our families.
The only thing that I could offer you in the way of advice is this: Whatever you do, do it out of love, and not fear. Act out of compassion, and not compulsion. Follow your instincts. Trust yourself, trust your kids, and parent however the fuck you want.
More things that won’t affect my respect for you as a parent:
- Your 6 year old uses a pacifier
- 4 bounce houses, 7 clowns, and 10 piñatas at your kids birthday party (I hope I’m invited)
- The age your kids potty train
- Where and when your kids sleep
- Where (or if) your kids go to school
- You push your 10 year old in a stroller
- You nurse your 3 year old
- You only allow your kids to watch 20 minutes of television a week
- Your kids binge watch 3 seasons of Pokemon in one weekend
- You’re religious
- You’re not religious
- You eat at Mcdonalds
- The number of children you have
- The frequency with which you acquire said children
- What kind of toys or electronics your kids have
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