Parenting in the Age of Social Media: Let's Be Kinder to Each Other & Stop Parent Shaming by Courtney Battista Bish

Parenting in the Age of Social Media: Let's Be Kinder to Each Other & Stop Parent Shaming

I imagine most parents have done it: thoughtfully reviewed several photos before posting the one that doesn't have a messy house in the background, or where the car seat buckles are perfect, or where only organic, homemade food is in front of them on the tray. Because if you post a photo that doesn't meet that criteria? Welcome to parenting in the social media age, where people co-parent with you from behind their computer screens.

In the past two years, I've had comments or messages letting me know that my son shouldn't be in a kayak (too dangerous), needs a haircut (we love his curly hair), is sitting too close to the family dog (who is better with him than our old barn cat) or should eat more vegetables (hey, he has never met a pancake he didn't like).

I know my friends and family do this, mostly, out of a place of love. But, barring those situations where our child is precariously dangling off a cliff, holding a beer at a bar or riding unbuckled in a moving car, can we assume the parents in our lives are doing their best?

Let's commit to finding the good in each other as parents, and less time on critiquing each other. Because parenting is hard enough, right?

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Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds
Oh, you said it, Courtney Battista Bish ! You are spot on. Thank you for sharing this. Let's help end parent shaming! We're all in this together.
Mike Prochaska
Stop caring what others think and enjoy being a parent
Donna John
Yes! Stop judging each other. No one is perfect. Great advice, Courtney Battista Bish !
Erin Musto
I agree ♡... we are all doing the best with the lives we are handed...
Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead
Yes, yes, yes, Courtney Battista Bish ! Well put! I couldn't agree more. Less judging, more "we're all in this together," please! I wrote something similar to this early in my time at 30Seconds and I continue to come back to the topic. What do you think, Mercedes Samudio ?!
Mike Prochaska
Couldn’t agree more
Sheri B Doyle
I agree Courtney Battista Bish we should all stop judging other parents. Find positive supportive things to say instead. Compliments go so much further than condemnations.
Jessica Acree
This is so perfect! Such a well-written tip... thanks for sharing your insight Courtney Battista Bish! We need to uplift vs judge... we all have our children's best interest at heart.

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