When you become a parent, you enter a world that is nothing but loving, supportive and judgement free. Just kidding.
While, I certainly hope you have at least a small group that fits the aforementioned description, chances are as you will encounter several sanctimonious people who believe they know best, and will be sure to tell you that any chance they get.
Parents are getting judged all the time by people around them. From the moment you have your first baby, to even seasoned moms, everyone is giving parenting advice and telling you how to be a parent. Here are five types of judgmental people you’ll meet as a parent.
The No Kids Savants
These people have no kids, have never worked with kids, nor have they ever spent any significant time with kids. They can usually be found hitting the angry button on any post related to children, and saying things like, “this is why I have a dog.”
I would say they might be drawing from their own experiences as children, but I am pretty sure they were spawned from some Internet cesspool just to troll well-meaning parents.
The New Mom Mavens
In case you didn’t know, once you hold a newborn, you instantly receive all the knowledge you will ever need to raise a child. Just kidding. You don’t know jack shit.
But, apparently some NEW PARENTS think they are instant experts and will be sure to tell you everything you are doing wrong.The New Mom Maven isn’t so bad, though, because you know she will eventually eat her words along with all the uneaten food her supposed wunderkin now refuses to touch.
The Seasoned Pros
Ok, I get your last name is Duggar, and you birthed a lot of babies. These folks believe their children are the standard for all, and if yours are doing something wrong, it is clearly your fault. I don’t discount the value of advice from parents who have been there, but, everyone’s experience is different and there is a fine line between wisdom and judgment.
The “Back In My Day” Old Timers
These people can be found lurking around supermarkets, parks, and other places parents frequent. They are quick to make a snide comment about a kid HAVING A TANTRUM, or how “back in their day” children were “seen not heard,” and how a good spanking would do ‘em good. Back in My Day Old Timers see no hope for the next generation, so don’t even bother trying to appease them. And, just keep in mind – they might be your parents or in-laws.
If some obscure magazine published a study on the negative effects of red balloons on German children, the Researchers will have read it, read every associated piece and shared it in no less than 20 PARENTING groups. If your child has any condition, these parents will be sure to tell you what you did wrong and maybe even try to sell you some miracle product. Their children mostly consume air and reverse osmosis water.
Unfortunately, there isn’t much you can do to avoid sanctimonious people, but you can at least laugh at their ridiculousness.
This post originally appeared on Filter Free Parents.