which leads me to these questions...
there are so many contradicting reports on the benefits/drawbacks of controversial parenting topics such as: breastfeeding vs. formula, co-sleeping vs. sleep training, circ vs. un-circ, vaccinations vs. autism risk. with all those issues and questions floating above our heads, many of us question the choices we make in what we feel is the best interest for our children. so why make it worse by making each other feel bad and question our decisions further?
my answer is in the form of a challenge:
the next time you come across a mom whose views differ from yours, ask questions, try to see things from her point of view, and accept her choices based on her desire for a positive relationship with her child.
the next time you get that nasty look, the critical comments, or the not-so-subtle attack, take a breath. remind yourself that you are capable, that you come from love, and that you are deserving of respect for your parenting choices, no matter what anyone thinks.
the only thing that matters in all of this, is that our children can look back and say:
wow! my mom really loved me.