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  1. Wait…you’ve only *thought* about calling the dry cleaner to pick up those 10 loads?? I’ve actually done it…at least twice…ehh. ( in my defense washing machines, are way smaller in Europe and take 3x as long to do a load…. 🙂 but hey, I’ve never five the ice cream thing for lunch, do are we even? 🙂 🙂

  2. So, um, tell me more about this dry cleaning pick up ten loads of laundry service. Can I also hire them to fold it and put it away? And my kids have never had ice cream for lunch. Just dinner. We much prefer donuts and chocolate milk for lunch 😉

  3. What’s worse than being judged by another mom? Another mom JUDGING YOUR TODDLER. A mom at the park acted like my 2-year-old was a “bad seed” because he threw at tantrum at the playground. Then, she turned to my friend (not realizing she was my friend) and tried to gossip about my son to her. My friend brushed her off in a civil manner. Yes, my son is intense and persistent, and this woman’s son appeared passive and agreeable, but does that make my baby bad? I don’t think so. Thank you, Hollie. I needed this 🙂

  4. If it’s ok for you to judge others about things that you think are very important (read: car seat safety), then you can’t get upset when they judge you. Just saying…

  5. GREAT post! So true. Especially when you are the head of a website for moms! Just comes with the job i guess! I feel like every single thing I do for my kids gets judged and i’m sure i judge too. things have changed- especially now that we get so much darn pressure to do something “educational” for our kids every single second of every single day- i can barely open a magizine without feeling guilt that i should be doing something for my kids…not good, working on doing more for myself. if it helps my two toddlers are watching peppa pig as they do every night before i tuck them in bed! it’s the only quiet second i can (kind of) get to check my email etc!!! judge away mommies!!!! lol.

    ps- we could learn a bit from our husbands in the relaxing for a minute thing!!

  6. This was even better than you walmart post. Awesome!!! We are all inthis together!
    Now go enjoy your vacation 😉

  7. Thanks Hollie! I needed to know I’m not the only one! My friends are only now having kids while mine are 3 1/2 and almost 8. They tell me all time, the kids shouldn’t watch tv, eat mcdonald’s or still be sitting in a stroller on occasion. I tell them, when their kids reach school age, then they can judge me. (By the way, they’re always asking me for parenting advice, so deep down they know I rock!) We all start out planning to be a “perfect” mother, but as time goes on and we learn who our kids are, we relax. My son is in 2nd grade, has spina bifida and autism, why do I need to explain this to every judgmental mom in the mall, it’s not really any of your business why he’s sitting in a stroller watching a movie. I don’t judge you with your $100 sneakers while your baby is in a 20 year old stroller (ok, maybe I do). The point is we all do it, which is ok, if we keep it to ourselves, and do the best we can for our kids. A happy meal won’t kill them! 🙂

  8. I have a 15 year old and a now 4 month old and boy have things changed. We uses to just be able to run into the gas station to pay for gas and leave the kid in the car and it was ok. Well not anymore. I used to prop the bottle up in the car seat with a blanket and the excosauer was his best friend. But this store totally made my day. Thank you!

  9. It is easier to deal with these “perfect mommies” when you realize that 1. sometimes they are genuinely concerned (i.e. I can’t help but give my research supported advice on reducing the risk of SIDS to my new mommy friends that have never even heard of SIDS), and 2. they’re just insecure. We’re all looking for a little validation on the way we’ve chosen to raise our kids. Why else would someone spend their time attacking your message board post over crib bumpers or breastfeeding? They have a need for someone to agree with and applaud their own child-rearing methods.

    I would have loved to have read this post when I was a first time mom.

  10. Hell yeah! I hate those people! I know your kid watches TV in private while eating lollipops, because when they are playing here and licking frosting of the floor they tell on you! Go like Hot Mess Mom! You will love her.

  11. ROFL!!! I get so tired of the mom wars online! I always try to keep my comments to myself in consideration for others. I think the above list of things are perfect if that is what works for you and your family! Being a parent is a hard and rewarding job and doing whatever it takes to stay sane and happy makes it all worth it! Now if you are drinking excessively, smoking and doping it up around your children, I may judge you! 🙂

  12. Are people being hard on you for your new gadget pre-review? Give me a break people! Leave other mommies alone– except for car seat safety isues. Inform those moms, nicely, about how easy it is to keep their kids more protected. Nobody deserves the greatness of being a mom. We all do what we can to take care of as much as we can.

  13. Hollie, I don’t feel so bad about my Mommy skills now. Thank you for the post. I rEaLlY needed it today. I feel guilty for saying under my breath, “I wish you would shut up,” when my four month old keeps crying despite my best efforts to determine what is wrong/needs/wants/does not want, etc.

  14. Thank you for this… Everyone is different and different things work for different people/kids… 🙂

  15. I love this. I sometimes am the judger as well, most definitely when it comes to car seats because I’m also a CPST.
    I’ve also done most of the things you mentioned and my 19 month old is still drinking from a bottle.

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