Our approach to #parenting isn’t unique. It’s a mix of reading, studying friends who had kids first, asking questions, adopting parts of how we were parented, and lots of straight up winging it.
Not everyone around us has agreed with us along the way. We’ve been shamed and mocked for choices around things like routines, activities + dietary decisions.
I cared what others thought, a lot. Over time, I realized that changing what worked for our family to please others let our kids down. That they thrive on a schedule, that certain foods hurt them, even though they beg for the taste in the moment.
We know what our kids need. Choosing differently to avoid the criticism of others can be hard. But we can do hard things. And, that’s where boundaries come in (and that’s a whole different lesson.)