There are millions of articles now telling us how to mom.
Millions of books
The list goes on and on and on.
So in a world full of people telling you how to parent your children, I tell you this:
Treat your children kindly.
Make them laugh.
Make them feel loved.
Give them boundaries.
And know this is enough.
Do not feel the need to keep up with the Tiger Moms, the Helicopter Parents, The Fab Moms, The Hot-Mess Moms (please, oh please, don’t compete for who’s life is messier!), The Volunteer Moms or the Pinterest Moms.
There’s no way to keep up with all of the hot trends on how to parent anymore.
Cry it out; no, don’t let them cry, they’ll feel unloved.
Push them in academics and sports; no, don’t push them, they’ll push you away.
Talk through their emotional melt-downs; no, don’t talk to them, walk away.
Give them gender-neutral toys; no, get them what they want, it’s in their nature.
Do you think our parents went through this in the 70’s and 80’s with us? NO!
I’ll tell you. Social Media, that’s why!
Social Media has cause a Trending Frenzy of mom-sharks who jump at each other’s throats the moment they smell blood (or see skinned knees because you didn’t put knee pads on your kid riding their trike).
It has created what I call MOM-BOTS: the meticulous, trend-conscious mamas who follow every child-psychology article to a T on the current do’s and don’t’s of parenting.
I say, if your kid is smiling 75% of the day, knows that you love them and is on the path to becoming a kind human-being, then congratulate yourself.
And I applaud you.