Raising children in a world full of accessible opinion is a funny thing. Everyone seems to have an idea about how to do this right. Stay home, work full time, work part time, return to work, cry to sleep, not cry to sleep, pacifier, no pacifier…the recipe for each of us is different, of course. Often we’re all right in what we’re doing from picking out baby food to enrolling our child in preschool. But it doesn’t always feel that way when a barrage of comments and advice from relatives, friends, and people in the supermarket hit us in the shins. What people say about how we care for our children hurts far more than salt in a wound. Editorials on our parenting can seriously linger.
Recently I talked with Liz Szabo at USA Today about this issue. She wrote a popular article called, Why do mothers judge one another and their parenting? where she quoted me and a number of other moms & doctors about our experiences. There is a video interview from New Day NW at the end of the post where I discuss competitive parenting, too. Read full post »