What do you think of that horrible mother on the playground? The one who didn’t flip out when her kid fell two inches.
Or the one that let her kid eat something off the ground.
Oh, wait but the one who isn’t playing with her kids is the worst right?
There’s that mom in the store, you know the one, too busy to acknowledge her children.
You know that mom that didn’t immediately pick her kid up as soon as they fell on the playground? The one you called a heartless mother because if that had been your kid you would’ve been there to comfort them so they knew how much you care and love them. Right, her.
The reason she may not run to her child could be one of many but I didn’t hear that mother calling you an overprotective helicopter parent so why the need to judge her. Did you know that it was so hard for her not to lurch and scoop up her baby? Did you know that just a month ago her baby refused to play at all because he had no self-confidence because she scooped him up at every little hiccup?
The mom that let her kid eat off the ground because it fell for a split second. Goodness that was awful. That child has the immune system of a champ.
They also have a pet because they heard it would help strengthen the children’s immune system. See mom has an autoimmune disease and stays sick. She doesn’t want her kiddos to catch every little thing though. So she tries her best to keep their immune systems strong.
Of course, there can’t possibly be a good reason that mom isn’t playing with her little ones on the playground, right? There’s no way she could love her children. I mean she didn’t spend most of her time on the playground chasing behind her little ones and entertaining them. I know she’s just the worst.
See she doesn’t have any family for her kids. They’re new to the area so no babysitters or friends. She spends her days at home keeping house, cooking, and entertaining her little ones. On the playground, she gets a small little break. Otherwise she doesn’t have one. Her husband works 12 hour shifts. He’s had a lot of overtime to help balance finances after the move.
That one over there on her phone during the grocery trip. Instead of trying to help her child read the labels as they frantically run through the store. Well she just needs to slow down and enjoy life. Give her little one the attention he clearly needs because with a mom like that you know he isn’t getting it at home.
Her husband is overseas. This is the only time they got to talk to him this week. But she also had to go to the store. Their phone call was supposed to be scheduled for later that night at a more convenient time. But her husband just found out that he won’t be able to call for a few weeks. So he called while they were at the store.
She had a plan to make sure the phone call was uninterrupted. The house to be stocked with food but life happened. It seemed a little more important to her at that point to get out of the store as quickly as she could to talk to her husband with her kids.
Lest we not forget that mom that never makes it to the parent meetings at school. She’s so lazy, right? I can’t believe she has the nerve to never show up for the meetings. But she always wants to be involved. Her kids are going to be so out of control because she’s never there for them.
Unfortunately, every time there is a parent meeting it starts an hour after her second job does. And dad he stays at home to make sure the kids stay on a routine with homework and bedtime. He’s in college right now and mom is trying to help with bills so that dad can finish his dream like he did for her.
We all do it. We see those parents and then we immediately think the worst of them. I’m sure, even if we don’t like to admit it, that we’ve all been that kind of parent. The one’s we’re ashamed for. The ones we talk about with our friends while watching them make those mistakes that we deem them worst parent ever for.
I try my best not to judge too much on other parents. You never know what is going on in their lives to make them do the things we disapprove of. Obviously, I’m not perfect and I do my fair share of judging other parents but I’m working on it. I’m trying to remember that everyone is struggling with their own battles. Instead of judging that parent you disagree with why don’t you ask them if they need help? Or if they are new to the area? Start a conversation with that parent, show them we’re not all judgmental a**es.
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