A tweet I just read (altered the names):
“Johnny hardly ever watches TV.”
“Ugh, our nanny never turns it off! It’s like another babysitter!”
Raise your own damn kids, then.
We talk about ending the mommy wars, about not judging each other and instead supporting each other as mothers and parents. We talk about it. But day in and day out, thanks to the streams that I follow on social media, I see examples like the one above. Random strangers saying, at best, passive aggressive statements. At worst, the statements can be downright nasty.
“Most of the miseries of the world were caused by wars. And when the wars were over no one ever knew what they were about.“
Yes, I’m quoting Margaret Mitchell’s ‘Gone with the Wind’; it’s Friday and the best I can summon! But I think the point is well made, even when referring to a pseudo-war, the wounds from which can feel very real to a parent.
I don’t really have a solution, nor even a point, except to say on this particular Friday that if I ever said anything to any parent out there that you thought was judgmental or mean, I’m sorry.