I spank my 4-year-old.
Most of the time I don’t.
We don’t bathe the kids each day.
Sometimes we forget to brush our teeth twice a day.
They watch TV. Often.
I don’t answer every burning question the 4-year-old has. Sometimes, I pretend I don’t hear her.
We don’t always eat veggies at dinner.
Sometimes, we don’t even have veggies in our house. (**Gasp**)
We eat out. Often.
Pediasure drinks ARE a meal. (Mostly because the kid can be picky and it can be lunch or dinner- depending)
My 4-year-old uses the computer.
We spoil our kids. They wear Ralph Lauren and Air Jordans and Lacoste. Whatever.
They also wear clothes from Walmart and consignment shops.
We tell our kids no.
We tell our kids yes.
We send them to time out.
We institute “quiet time” for the 4-year-old when the 1-year-old is asleep. This is how we relax.
We drink beer.
We read books to our kids.
We breastfed one kid.
We formula fed the other.
We taught the 4-year-old how to add, subtract and read.
We take them to the beach/park/theme parks/museums/aquariums/**insert place here**.
We leave our kids winter coats on when we put them in the car seat.
We haven’t turned the 1-year-old around to be forward facing.
We pick and choose what shows the 4-year-old can watch.
We fly kites with the kids.
We do shit.
And we don’t do shit.
You’re not the best parent that ever parented.
Sorry. (Yeah, I said it)
And neither am I.
Social media got a little crazy in 2013. All of a sudden, you are on a public stage of judgement for all to sling mud at you.
All of these viral posts about spanking and car seats and feeding and breastfeeding and, and, and. It’s been a little much.
In 2014, I’d like to be a little less judgmental. I want to be a better wife, mother and person. I think sometimes, we need to tune out the noise (read: people of the Internet/world) cause it gets too loud and we hold ourselves to insane standards.
With that being said, in order for people to tune out the noise, we ourselves should turn off the noise sometimes.
Stop always having something to say.
If you know that you’re doing the best you can with what you’ve got- keep doing it and keep striving to be better.
Settle down, Internet. Settle down.