Time For Some Real Parent Judging

Posted May 27, 2015

When it comes to the parenting conversation, it’s no secret that things can get a little judgey.

Who lets their kid wear pajamas in a restaurant?

Throwing a fit in the cereal aislenice parenting.

I wish I could let MY kid walk around with a chocolate mustache. I guess I’m just

too committed to good hygiene.

Every parent has been the target of a judgey stranger, but how are we really judged as parents?

Are we judged in piggyback rides? In monsters shooed from under beds? In boo-boos

kissed, grilled cheeses flipped, cups of invisible tea, lullabies, games of catch, candles blown out?

The answer? Undeniably YES. We’re judged by all the good and the bad, but in the final analysis, we’re judged by the children we raise—the people they become. Simply put, we’re doing a lot better than we think—and the numbers back it up. Recent studies* show that compared to 1965, moms today spend 40% more time with their kids—dads today are spending 280% more time. So next time you’re feeling those judgey eyes burning into the back of your head or that doubt starts creeping in, don’t sweat it. Because between us, you’re doin’ good, and that’s all that matters.

*Pew Research Center Social & Demographic Trends - Modern Parenthood, March 2013

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