When you become a mom you're quickly categorized and thrown into a sub-set of other moms. This is especially true if you spend any time on social media whatsoever, and go so far as to share your parenting decisions with other people. And while the internet can be a great source of support and solidarity, it can also be a hellscape filled with judgment, shame, and unnecessary comments. So believe me when I say there are more than a few legit reasons to unfriend that one mom in your social media mom group who always seems to bring you down. As a parent, you don't have time to be constantly navigating the landmines of someone else's negativity.
I don't hate social media, for what it's worth. It's such a great way to connect with friends, family, and other like-minded people who are undoubtably going through the same parenting situations I am currently experiencing. But my friend list has grown smaller and smaller over the years, and there are some pretty understandable reasons why. I have no qualms unfriending someone who is going to make me feel bad abut myself, my parenting decisions, or the other life choices I make and feel like sharing with people. If you're going to criticize every parenting move I make, you've gotta go.
As a work-from-home mom caring for two children, I am protective of my time and my emotional labor. And while I always want to give people the benefit of the doubt, I am not going to be a social media doormat for that one mom who just has to point out what she perceives as flaws in my parenting game. I want to be cordial, and I want to be agreeable and kind to everyone, but as women and mothers we need to feel comfortable drawing a line in the sand for the sake of our mental health and wellbeing. So with that in mind, if you have had just about enough with that "one mom," and we all know who she is, here are a few reasons why you shouldn't feel bad about hitting that unfriend button and calling it a day: