Now is NOT the time for parent shaming…
Thursday at 7:10 pm
Let me be clear, there is never a time to shame other parents. It’s always wrong. However, now, it seems as if parent shaming is at an all-time high not only from non-parents who don’t get it anyway typically, but also from other parents who should really know better.
We are living amid a global pandemic and adulting, parenting and, trying to live with as much normalcy as possible. Whether you typically work-away-from home, at home, stay at home managing the household or whatever else, your life has been adjusted in some way.
You have parents now trying to work from home while elearning, parents who were forced to close their businesses and stay at home while trying to keep it all together and keep their children learning at the same time, parents who were managing the household and able to get in a little me-time while their families were away at school/work who now have to manage all of this without me-time while elearning, parents who are considered essential and working away from home and are concerned about putting their loved ones at risk and the list goes on and on.
Nothing about these times we are living in is normal, not a thing. Instead of judging a parent on how serious or not serious, they’re taking elearning, or whether they have the ability or, mental capacity to do exciting things with their kids, we should be offering solutions, virtual support, or positive vibes anyone who is overwhelmed with life right now.
Compassion goes a long way at times when it’s needed most. I’m not suggesting we turn a blind eye to any situations that put children in harm’s way, however, something as simple as offering support or kind, reassuring words to a parent who is having a harder time than others can make a huge difference.
We are really all in this together!