Parenthood is wonderful, but unfortunately, I have found it to be extremely divisive and competitive. It seems as if every decision that one makes is questioned in some form. Stay at home or work outside of the home? Breastfeed or bottle or combination? Co-sleep or crib-sleep? Cry it out or not? TV or no TV? No matter what choice you make it seems there are articles, studies, and a host of outspoken friends, relatives, and strangers on the street ready to make you second-guess yourself. Parenting is tough enough without the Peanut Gallery weighing in.
That is why I love everything about this article. Please click over and give it a read. I honestly want to print this, laminate it, and carry it around so that the next time I am judged (or perhaps even need a gentle reminder not to be one of those judges myself) I can say, "I'm a good mom and it's not because I do or don't do XYZ." I also want to share it with moms that I care about (like you!) as inspiration for those days when you aren't sure what the right choices are because, as it turns out, the "right" or "wrong" choices aren't what defines you as a "good" mom.