There are exceptions to nearly every parenting rule, at least from what I’ve noticed in my short time as a mom. From how to feed your kid to how your kid to be sleeping to how you should, inevitably, handle the toddler years; people have opinions. So. Many. Opinions. Now that I have a toddler, I've realized that there are more than a few things you don’t actually have to do with your have a toddler. I can't tell you how relieved I was when I made this ground-breaking realization, because man, talk about pressure. This discovery was as relaxing as it was empowering.
Personally, I like to ignore as many parenting rules as possible (as long as they don’t affect my child’s safety or well-being, of course). For example, sometimes we even let him take a few sips of milk after he brushes his teeth at night. I know, I know, we really live on the edge at my house. At least it’s not orange juice, right? We’re not total monsters.
Still, it can feel like every mom around you is doing some of the same stuff when it comes to toddler-rearing and when you're not following suite, you start to second guess yourself or feel defunct or start to think that you're doing your toddler a disservice. You're not, I assure you, so in the spirit of easing minds and letting mothers off the hook, I thought I’d offer up a handy-dandy cheat sheet of what actually isn’t all that important, at least not in my book. Spoiler alert: you may want to start stepping away from Pinterest, and scrolling past everyone’s summer photo album uploads. Just a suggestion.