Mom shaming, what should be called parent shaming is something all of us have dealt with as parents. “You breastfed your youngest, why not the other two?” “I make my own baby food, it’s so much healthier”, “It’s not good for babies and very young children to watch tv, it hinders their development”. These are only a few examples of shaming I have personally heard from other moms AND dads.
As parents we do the best that we can to raise our children into healthy, happy, successful adults who can fend for themselves in this crazy world one day. If you don’t breastfeed that’s ok! You need to buy baby food and don’t have the time or resources to make it, your child is getting the nutrition they need. If mom or dad need half an hour to get cleaning/work/etc done, and half to plop little one into a pack and play in front of the tv, it’s not the end of the world.
Had to edit because apparently I didn’t put the link in correctly! The link is working now
I came across this video from Simalac when it went viral a few years ago and LOVED it. That is until the very end of the video where it says,”No matter what our beliefs, we are parents first. Welcome to the Sisterhood of motherhood.” Right there, “the sisterhood of motherhood”, is what gets to me. It’s PARENTHOOD. Mothers are not the only parent. Even though dads are included in the video, it’s as though their role is overlooked. Maybe I’m overreacting, overthinking or both, but it’s something I have been thinking about for a while. I happened to come across the video again on my Facebook, and figured why not talk about it? I’d love to hear your opinions.