There's no end to the competition of parenthood. The way some people treat parenting, it's an extreme cage match. Not me, though. Through parenting special needs kids to birthing a child with a nearly-always-fatal birth defect, I've learned that parenting, like anything else, should be a live and let live.
I stopped judging people for sport eight -- or so -- years ago. It just seems so pointless to spend my precious time thinking about other people and how much better I am than they are. I'd rather sit around watching dancing cat videos than get all "Parenting: U R Doing It Wrong."
So I've let myself go -- and now I am one of those "bad parents." Here are some of the things I do:
1) I happily let my 5-year-old son wear his butterfly costume out in public. When it's an ordinary Tuesday -- not Halloween.
2) My kids have learned to strip to their underwear as they walk in the house. They know pants are bullshit.
3) I proudly declare that I write a blog called, "Mommy Wants Vodka."
4) I let my younger two children run around in the backyard in their undies (or diaper), neighbors be damned.
5) I once recorded, and displayed on the Internet, a video of my daughter dancing in her diaper to the theme song from Dexter.
6) I'm convinced purple is, in fact, a flavor.
7) I'm a happily working mother -- I know I'm happier when I can take some time away from my kids.
8) I think crafts are bullshit ... but I do them anyway.
9) I don't throw my kids in the bath every day.
10) I'd rather skew my eyeballs out than join the PTA.
How about you? What makes YOU a Bad Parent in the eyes of other parents?
Going to baseball games
Riding bike rides in the nice weather
Playing outside after work/school
Going for walks outside