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10+ Things To Consider Before Mom-Shaming Someone

Lex Gabrielle 16 Dec 2019

Being a mom is like having a full-time job. It's 'round-the-clock, 24/7, 365 days a year. Except, this job impacts someone's life—our kids' lives. The way we raise and love our kids defines who they're going to be in the world.

That's a lot of pressure. Here are a few things to keep in mind before judging another mom's parenting.

1. Not everyone parents the same way, so don't judge us for how we do it.

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Not everything is crystal clear and sometimes, we do things not everyone agrees with. But our kids are OUR kids.

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2. Some days are harder than others.

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Some days our kids are a little crazier than others. Some days we feel more exhausted. So, if we seem a little off, that's why.

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3. Being a mom isn't our only job.

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Some of us work full-time besides parenting, and some of us have part-time jobs. It doesn't make us bad parents for having another world.

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4. We're allowed to go out and enjoy ourselves.

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Having a few drinks with our friends doesn't make us bad moms — it makes us human moms.

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5. Every day is an adventure, one where we don't always know what is happening.

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Life with kids is unpredictable. So sometimes, we have to roll with the punches.

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6. If we look messy, don't point it out.

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Maybe our kids are sick and didn't sleep through the night. Maybe we're so over-tired, we can't do our makeup. Don't comment, just move along.

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7. Don't complain when we talk about our kids a lot.

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We're proud of our tiny humans. We want to share it with the world.

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8. If our kids act up in public, we know it's annoying.

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We can't always control what they do. Have you ever tried reasoning with a toddler? It's pretty much impossible.

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9. Just because you don't have kids, that doesn't make us different.

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We're still humans, we're still people—our whole lives aren't our kids.

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10. Don't compare your kids to ours.

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Every child is different and has different needs. Just because "your kid would never" do something, pointing it out doesn't make other moms feel any better.

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11. My body is my temple — even if it's not "perfect."

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This body carried a child for 9 months, and birthed that child. I'm proud of it.

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12. Don't parent my kids.

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MY kids, MY rules.

If a conflict comes up, please inform me before any disciplinary action is taken. Each parent has their own methods for dealing with certain issues.

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13. Please just respect our boundaries.

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Sometimes we don't want to do certain things because we need a break. Just respect our requests and wishes.

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14. Remember: being a mom is HARD.

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Just... cut us some slack!

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