Breast or formula. Co-sleeping or cot. Safe sleeping, routine parenting, baby-led weaning or spoon fed, homework, chores, reward charts…you name it, and we mums have a stance on it.
Which is more than fine. We’re all entitled to our own opinions. We all have preferences for how we like to mum. Each to her own, and all of that. It’s all good.
But what’s NOT good is when mums think that it’s their way or the highway. When they think that they are without-a-doubt correct, and that they have a right to impose their opinion on others. When they judge other mums – and when they do it publicly.
Yes, it’s fairly innate for women to bitch. We all love a good gossip. If you say you don’t, you’re either lying or Mother Theresa! We might talk to our mates about how “such and such” is dating a new man, or a friend is moving house.
All women love to gossip. Image via iStock.
But when it comes to the nitty gritty of motherhood, isn’t it about time we all keep our damn opinions to ourselves? Especially in the public arena. The mummy-shaming and judgement has to stop.
As a mum of two and mummy blogger I’ve experienced and seen my fair share of judgement. There are the trolls online. Oh, the trolls…I don’t know why so many mums seem to think that they can judge other mums online. I guess it’s easier, and safer, to hide behind a keyboard (or phone touch screen for that matter).