I’ve written several times in the past on my stance in the so-called “Mommy Wars.”
To put it plainly, I believe in supporting Moms.
Regardless of if their parenting techniques and methods are in line with my own.
Because there is no one right way to raise a child and we are all just trying to do our best.
So when I read about The Parent Commandment: Respect Thy Fellow Parent over at Playground Parkbench, I knew I wanted to take the pledge.
Now, the pledge is different for every parent. Yours will be different from my own.
In order to take the pledge we confess all of our parenting labels, no judgment, and then we discard those labels in favor of one: parent. I encourage everyone who is sick of the Mommy Wars to head on over to Playground Parkbench to submit their own pledge.
Here’s my pledge:
I am a WAHM who misses when she was a SAHM.
I reject gender stereotypes and raise children who do the same.
I was bullied into an unnecessary c-section with my first, had a drug free midwife assisted VBAC with my second.
I used disposables with my first, cloth with my second.
I put my first child to bed in a crib, my second in a Montessori floor bed.
I formula fed my first, and breastfed my second for almost 3 years.
I made my own baby foods and practiced baby led weaning with both of my children.
I don’t worry too much about what my children eat, as long as they get their fruits and veggies.
I do selective vaccinations.
I am a homeschooling mom who used to think homeschoolers were weird.
I put firm limits on screen time and have unusual standards for what I allow my children to watch.
I make my kids play outside for at least a few minutes everyday, no matter what the weather is like.
I am over protective about playdates and babysitters, basically anytime another adult is alone with them.
I trust my children are safe to play alone outside with their friends in our neighborhood.
I sign my kids up for all sorts of classes because I want them to experience everything and make like-minded friends.
I love planning and throwing children’s parties. Any reason to have a big party is a good reason.
I’m a minimalist in that I would rather give my children experiences than toys.
I am survivor of childhood abuse trying to break the cycle, attempting to practice positive parenting.
I am an average mom who loves her kids and makes mistakes and tries to learn from those mistakes.
But most importantly … #IAmAParent
I hope you will join me in pledging to follow The Parent Commandment. Confess your labels alongside me and adopt one single unifying label, #IAmAParent. Share it with an image that best depicts you as a parent today on Facebook or Instagram (tag Playground Parkbench @PGPBMeghan #IAmAParent), or visit the Playground Parkbench website and leave your pledge in the comments section.