Remember the good ol' days, when you could still judge other people's parenting with a straight face? The days of freedom, filled with delusions of perfect and pin-worthy parenting? You were so hopeful. You were so naive. You were also really judgey. But now, all of your previous plans to "do it better" serve as a constant reminder that you should never judge another parent until you've walked a mile in a pair of practical shoes you swore you'd never wear.
We're all guilty.
You smiled and silently judged as you watched friends, family members, and even strangers struggle with their parenting and thought you’d somehow do it better. But considering you had zero experience, and there’s no test drive in parenting, you kinda had it coming.
Here are 15 things that we all judged parents for before we had a clue.
This one is a classic. Even the most reasonable non-parents find themselves guilty of this pre-parenthood judgment. You gave the judgey looks and now you are destined a decade’s worth in return. Karma’s three-fold, and we all know she’s a B.
Your child would never be rolling around on the supermarket floor and screaming like a banshee. Yet here you are, utterly and completely defeated, in Target, dragging your hysterical child across the filthy floor.
2) Screen Time
Your kids won’t be glued to the iPad or tv. No way. They’ll be making homemade arts and crafts, enrolled in back-to-back classes and reading books. (Insert ridiculously loud cackling here).
But now you know.
Screen time is sanity. All hail modern technology and doing whatever it takes to pee in peace or maybe even indulge in the luxurious privilege of a 4-minute shower.