Written by Eve Bandusena | Parents Avenue’s Editorial Assistant
Being a mom is hard enough. At times, we’re subjected to feeling bouts of exhaustion, frustration, and resentment and on a larger scale, we wonder if we’re doing right by our children while navigating through this wonderful and demanding world of motherhood. Add all that, and mom-shaming!
What Is Mom-Shaming?
Mom-shaming doesn’t discriminate. Over a high percentage of moms have experienced this onslaught of unwanted criticism and judgment from strangers and even other moms themselves! The disparaging comments usually take a jab at our parenting styles and decisions we make. And, worst of all, it so common that it happens daily for all moms.
Mom-shamers will go off about almost anything! From what our kids have for breakfast, how we dress our kids or the “right” way to breastfeed, or even how you choose to co-sleep with your child! We must know that mom-shaming is a form of bullying and affects the self-esteem and confidence of any mother. This is why we need to understand, prepare and find way healthy ways to deal with it.
Why Does Mom-Shaming Happen?
Usually, this is pinned down to the differences in beliefs, opinions, and expectations that are connected to motherhood and the way children should be raised. The inflexible and rigid attitude of “My way is the right way!” also contributes to mom-shaming.
However, there are times when another mom actually genuinely cares but it is executed this poorly. There’s no singular manual that states step by step on how to be a good mother to our children, otherwise, we’d all have it figured out but it’s not and it’s important that we’re doing the best we can at any given moment.
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