Sunday, February 27, 2011

Stream of Consciousness Sunday: Judge Less You Be Judged



"Do not judge, and you will never be mistaken."

Over at andnobodytoldme.com we've had quite a few post about how we are judged as parents. How we give birth, how we discipline, to vaccinate pr not, to circumsize or not, to breastfeed or bottle feed, the list seems endless. Even something as simple as whether to ear pierce a child gets you judged.

Don't get me wrong, I judge. I make assumptions without knowing all the facts. But what I don't do is make someone feel bad for THEIR decision, even if it would not be my own. I don't talk condescendingly or look down my nose at someone because their course of action is not one I would entertain. I find that even if you think you are not doing this? You are. Your voice changes and even the look in your eyes changes as you listen, after asking a question that in the end? Isn't really your business.

As parents we are all trying to do what is right for us and our families. Period. We all need more support and less judgement. And unless you really want to know? Don't ask.

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