Celebrity mom Nicole Richie is right-on in her thoughts about parenting: There's no 'right' way to be a mother, and we should stop judging each other.
Thank you, Nicole Richie! For being the voice of reason about one of the most frustrating aspects of motherhood: being judged!
The former reality star and designer, and mom to son Sparrow, age 6½, and daughter, Harlow, age 8½, recently talked to People magazine and offered her take on judging other moms.
"I had two friends that were moms before me—I had kids very young," Richie said. "It was really so refreshing to see two women that have such different taste and parenting styles maintain a friendship and not judge each other for the way that they bring up their kids."
What? You mean they didn't hate one another because one breastfed and the other didn't? Or because one believed in living by the nap schedule and another took a more "go with the flow" approach to parenting? How novel!
Richie says her friends' no-judgment policy really stuck with her. "There's not one way to raise children," she insists, adding, "There's no one right way to be a mother. It depends on your house and lifestyle. The biggest lesson I've learned is not to judge!"
Well I, for one, love this message. I am so sick of all the judgment that seems to dominate the Internet especially. People just pile on every mom for every reason, big or small. Can't we all just get on board with Richie's notion that there are soooo many ways to raise kids? And that no one has all the answers?
I'm talking to you, co-sleeping mama, and you non-co-sleeping mama, and everyone who breastfeeds, or doesn't, or feeds their kids organic foods only, or buys Doritos. Guess what? If you love your children, then you're all doing just fine.
Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and a mom. Follow her on Twitter (@Spitupnsuburbs), where she chronicles her love of exercising and drinking coffee, but never simultaneously.