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Moms Can Be Bullies Too

August 22, 2013 - Amy Leigh Wilson
I?went back to work when my first child was five weeks old. I wasn’t happy about it, but it was a financial necessity and I did what needed to be done. Besides, I?love my job and my mom was going to be taking care of her while I?worked. I was trying to make peace with the whole thing when an old friend said she thought working mothers were selfish. She believed that if you didn’t want to stay home and raise your kids, then you shouldn’t have them. It broke my heart to think she believed I?didn’t love my child as much as she loves hers. This was my first experience with a mom bully and it still makes me sad. In our feature on page 12, Sandra Gordon offers a look at mommy bullies and how we can learn to support each other’s parenting decisions — even if we don’t always agree. My parenting choices have been questioned many times over the years, but I, thankfully, now have the confidence to smile politely and do what I?want. Sometimes it’s tough to avoid judging parents whose style is radically different than yours. Individuality is something special, and accepting — and even learning from — people who are different is part of the fun of life. Like politics, everyone has opinion, so go with your gut. As school gets under way and transitions begin, I?hope you find a quiet moment to just enjoy being a mom or dad. Best of luck to everyone this school year.


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