Mom Tired of Being Shamed Over Happy Meals Has Ultimate Response #MicDrop

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There's no way to sugarcoat this, so let's get into it. Paige-Alexis Cunningham is an Australian mom who's tired of all the mom shaming. Fed up with the scolding and unsolicited advice on Facebook, she wrote an awesome anti-shaming post for mommies that's spot-on, and something parents everywhere need to read.

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"Why did they have happy meals and juice? Because they wanted it, we were out in public and I was bloody exhausted and didn't want to fight with them."

Yup, Paige, sounds about right.

There's so much to digest in this savory post (you might want to grab a snack, but make sure it's gluten-free -- someone might be watching). Fast food vs. home-cooked meals. Breastfeeding vs. formula. Vaccinations vs. anti-vax.

Even though Paige says she never meant for her post to go viral, her words serve as a simple reminder of one important thing all of us heard growing up: If you can't find anything nice to say, don't say anything at all.

Afternoon snack of watermelon and a bit of a rant. Lately my feed has been flooded with people sharing 'what not to...

Posted by Paige-Alexis Cunningham on Thursday, January 28, 2016
 

"... There is no 'right' way to parent so I don't assume my way is right, just right for us."

There are far too many things going on in this world to focus so much attention on what another parent is doing. With the exception of being seriously concerned about a child's well-being, please focus on your own family.

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Here's one of my favorite parts from Paige's "rant":

Breast IS best, if it's best for you. At the end of the day fed children are best. Don't let them eat junk all the time, but don't lay the guilt on yourself or any other parent if they ate 2 minute noodles and Nutella today.

Educate yourself about positive food choices by all means, but don't feel the need to share every bit of Crap you read and further the mum shaming, everything in moderation and well done for feeding your kids!

Rant over!

Yasss, and amen!

It's become too easy to cast judgment on another mother. All of us are fighting individual struggles. All of us don't have a perfect map on this crazy and awesome road called parenting. What we, as mothers, do have in common is one simple thing:

We would and will do anything for our children.

This is why we need to focus on not casting a light on our differences in such a negative way.

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Okay, one more point from Paige (I told you there were so many goodies):

At the end of the day there is no medal for Mother of the year. There is just this blessing and huge responsibility of being parents, which is left up to said parents to make the choices of how to raise their babies.

We should be supporting other mums, not vilifying them for whatever choices they make. What works for you doesn't always work for me and mine. Do what you gotta do and get through the day loving your kids.

I'm a mom of two little boys who loves to cook meals at home and breastfeed my youngest. But guess what? When we're out enjoying ourselves as a family, I don't keep a microwave in the car (shoot, microwaves are controversial too). Sometimes, my husband and I do eat out -- including going to a fast-food spot (*gasp*). That doesn't make us bad parents. If anything, we saved a restaurant full of people from the possibility of a cranky kid.

The moral of the story is this: Unless you're giving groceries or helping someone pay a few bills, get out of folks' business.

 


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