We all know ‘those’ parents…

The ones who never say no to their kids or the ones who dress the whole family in matching j.crew cardigans or the ones who yell at their kids in the checkout line or the ones who enroll their kids in miniature triathlons or the ones who only speak Dutch at home or the ones who ban gluten and sugar from their entire lives or the ones who let their kids watch hours of ridiculous television… You know, ‘those’ parents… Or should I say ‘these’ parents because, really, we’re all somebody’s ‘those’ parents…

I’m sure I don’t want to know what ‘thoses’ other people assign to Jason and I (the best piece of advice my mom has ever given me is to remember that other people’s opinions are none of my business -which isn’t always easy to abide by but it is an absolute sanity saver for neurotic people pleasers) but I’ve noticed a few myself.

We’re those parents who open a facebook page for our toddler and post things as her. We’re those parents who talk a good game on organic, healthy eating but who actually sneak chocolate when their child goes to bed. We’re those parents who were against co-sleeping and attachment parenting, until they wanted sleep and peace. We’re those parents who think it’s the cutest thing on Earth when their daughter learns ONE line to a 15 year old song by an indie band, then post a video of it online immediately and are disappointed when it doesn’t illicit many comments. We’re those parents who suddenly feel it’s ok to talk about potty training issues to everyone they meet. We’re those parents who agonize over the perfect birthday gift for their toddler knowing full well that she’d be perfectly content with a blanket and an empty laundry hamper. We’re those parents who take and post photos of their kid constantly…

Because we’re those parents who think their daughter is brilliant and beautiful and amazing and who think everyone else should think so too.

With love,
‘that mom’ Crystal

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