Ah, Christmas. That joyous time of year in which people find additional ways to judge you and your parenting. Are you buying your kid a boatload of presents? Judgment. Are you not buying your kid any presents at all? Shame. Are you keeping religion out of the holiday season? How dare you. The scrutiny is endless, but (in my opinion) the assumptions people have made about my parenting because I made the horrible freakin' decision to let my kid sit on Santa's lap, is by far the worst part of this season.
I have only been a parent for a little over two years, so my son has only sat on Santa's lap twice. The first time we took him he was a 4-month-old baby, completely oblivious to whatever the hell was happening. The picture was adorable, in that he had this bewildered look on his face. The second time we took him he sat on Santa's lap for two seconds, then looked around, then started crying. The photographer snapped a picture milliseconds before I took my son back into my arms. The kind woman asked if we anted to try again, but I said, "No, thanks." My son clearly wasn't happy, and I wasn't going to force him to remain unhappy in the hopes that he would stop crying and we could get a "decent" picture. We paid for the photograph of him crying on Santa's lap, and went on our way.
Of course, I made the mistake of posting said picture on Facebook, and another mother commented on how I was essentially scarring my son for life. This particular parent's friends then started chiming in, and the assumptions and accusations started flying the only way they really and truly only can when you're a keyboard warrior in the comment section. It truly is the most wonderful time of the year. So, if you made the "mistake" of taking your kid to see Santa Claus because it's the holiday season and you like traditions, know that any assumptions made about your parenting are just that: assumptions. You'll never make everyone happy; you'll never do everything every other parent thinks you should be doing; and you'll never have to worry about me judging you because, honestly, this is just ridiculous.