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Are You a Mom That Judges Other Mothers

Do You Judge Other Mothers?


Some would say it is human nature to judge others. If that's the case, it is certainly true when it comes to parenting styles. In motherhood, the narrowed eyes and hushed whispers can get a little out of control. As much as women tout, "We should not judge each other, but support each other!" moms still find ways to criticize each other's choices in parenting, especially when their own babes are affected. On the Desperate Housewives "Everybody Ought to Have a Maid" episode, one of Gabby's "friends" tells her she is a lousy mother... to her face! While you may not agree with other mums and their parenting style, do you find yourself judging them?

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skigurl skigurl 6 years
most people judge others, but silently we've all been in public and seen a mother do something that we were shocked and appalled by but rarely would someone speak out when i was a kid, i saw a woman slap her 3 year old on the head at Disneyland (he wasn't even being bad but they were just yelling at him the entire time we were waiting in this long lineup)...and i wanted my parents to tell her to stop doing that becuase obviously i knew it was wrong, and they were like, no we can't get involved and i was all angry...but now i see the point, you can't just go around yelling at mothers for doing stuff you woudln't do yourself (however i'm still appalled by the hitting - these people were so american trash i didn't even know where they were from that this would be acceptable behaviour in public but whatever)
mstrauss mstrauss 6 years
I always judge other parents and I'm sure they judge my parenting skills. That's just the way it goes. But I don't say anything to their faces because it is not my business to do so.
starbucks2 starbucks2 6 years
I'm not really judgemental because in the back of my mind I always wonder if I'll be able to do better. We're new parents and my hubby often critizes his sister on her parenting skills (I think she's doing pretty good actually, my mother-in-law is the one that's spoiling the kid rotten). I think it's crazy for him to judge when he hasn't been the one dealing with a 3-year old yet.
EvieJ EvieJ 6 years
I'm with the two above posters. My husband and I always joked that we were the best parents in the world because we didn't have children. Now that we have a child, it's amazing how many of the things we used to say "Oh, our child will NEVER do that" happen! For instance (and feel free to judge :)) I was eating a piece of pizza last night and my daughter came and starting crying for a bite. Before child I would have said "Oh, let her cry!"...after child, I gave her a bite. I figured a little piece of pizza isn't going to kill her, even though it wasn't organic, free range, etc. etc. etc. And we were both happier for it!
GMarie GMarie 6 years
I think I felt it was easier to judge before I actually had a child. I was so self righteous about how I would NEVER co-sleep and how a person should just let their child cry it out, etc... Once my son was born, I had to eat all those words - he would ONLY sleep with me for the first several months, no matter what else I tried. Letting him cry did NOT work. I learned that every child is so different and that, as parents we just try to figure it out and meet them where they're at, especially at first. Obviously, there are things I still disagree with when I see them - throwing things at a child's face and laughing at their confusion, keeping a child up until midnight so the mother can sleep later, even when the child is exhausted and distraught...stuff like that. I just keep my mouth shut about it now (other than on this post, I guess!) ;)
MissSushi MissSushi 6 years
I do tend to judge internally on things I feel strongly about, though unless its say a post with an open forum, I don't make my feelings known. I don't think that there's really anyone who doesn't at least judge internally. Unless its severely dangerous, it isn't your place to say anything to anyone.
KrisB KrisB 6 years
Yes, especially when you're in a movie theater and moms just let their child talk out loud or cry and don't bother taking them out. We all have different parenting styles but somethings are just common courtesy.
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