Every now and then, someone feels the need to point out a particular parenting technique or decision, only to tell me how wrong it is. Fun, right? It's usually when I'm already frustrated, doing my very best to just, you know, parent. As if, "Well, if you try it this way..." will magically breathe new life into me. News flash: it doesn't. So, since those particular people seem to have some extra time on their hands, I want to talk about things you can do instead of giving a mom a hard time for how she's raising her kids. My suggestions might not be as rewarding as, say, leveling a frazzled mother's confidence in anything she's doing, but I think all of the below will be better worth your time. Trust.
I know I'm not a perfect parent (by any means) but once I resurrected myself from the ashes of postpartum depression (PPD) and found my footing, I'd like to think I'm was doing (and am continuing to do) an OK job of raising my children. At ages 5 and 10, they're (mostly) well-adjusted, intelligent, compassionate kids, so regardless of your opinion on their early bedtimes or why I choose to utilize time outs and privilege restriction over other punishment methods, I'll rarely change what I'm doing just because you point it out.
Even a well-meaning, well-intentioned comment doesn't always come across as such. In fact, it can actually interfere with me doing what I think is best. There's just so many other ways to be constructive in society, don't you think? With that said, here's some ways you can re-center that energy into something worthwhile and positive.