What's A-Parent

Woman Writes Beautiful Post Explaining Why People Need To Stop Judging Other Mothers

"If I'm honest about motherhood, don't say I'm ranting."

What's A-Parent is a series highlighting those who get real about the hardships that come with raising kids. These often untold stories help show parents they are not alone in their struggle, and are doing an amazing job.

"Don't judge me" is a statement most parent have to make over and over again, as unsolicited advice and criticisms are free-flowing all the time. 

One mom named Laura Mazza, of the blog Mum on the Run, has had enough. Recently, she submitted a post to the Love What Matters Facebook page asking others to stop judging her for the choices she makes for her own family, including the way she speaks to her children. Mazza also asks people to stop judging other moms, including those who choose to breastfeed in public, or those who haven't lost their baby weight.

"If I complain about my children, don't say I don't love them," Mazza writes. "If I'm honest about motherhood, don't say I'm ranting. You didn't see how many years I couldn't tell anyone how I felt because I was afraid."

Mazza also adds a notes about single mothers, stay-at-home mothers, and mothers in the workplace.

"Every mother has her own story. She has walked down a tough path. You don't know her challenges, her strengths, her weaknesses."

"She judges herself every day, she strives for the best every day. So rather than judging, lend a smile to her, cut up her food when she breastfeeds, warm up the kettle for her formula, reassure her in her struggles and praise her victories.. and remember before you criticize, accuse or abuse, you have to walk a mile in her shoes."

Check it out in full below:

Cover image via Chaiyaporn Baokaew I Shutterstock 

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