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  1. Great article! It’s hard to not be judgemental now days, but is possible! If we spend less time w our gadgets & social media & more time with our love ones; perhaps, society & ourselves will concentrate on what is important, our well being!
    I believe that if we keep our minds busy with good things, good things will come from this!
    Raising kids nowadays is not an easy task due to every days demands, but many times simple things are worth more than all the money in the world!

  2. Great article. I believe social media outlets can be used for so much good, but all too often it does the opposite. I started a facebook group of moms who have begun grappling with this very issue. It’s a place where we share our real stories with absolutely no threat of judgement. We have left perfection at the door. It’s been a great source of encouragement!

  3. I couldn’t agree more with this. Pinterest is my nemesis because it’s unrealistic. I try to cook many of our meals from scratch, but it’s not realistic for me to be cooking all day and crafting every afternoon. You can’t be everything AND spend quality time with your family. So I just settle for being a mom who loves her kids and does fun stuff with them when I can and just tune out the rest of the chatter. Because at the end of the day we are raising good people, not ‘pin worthy’ or picture perfect kids.

  4. Don’t forget the spreading of fear. OMG- I have never seen so many stories that scared the crap out of me. Toddlers being carted off by strangers, assaults at daycare, kids tormenting other kids.. I get that this stuff is happening and maybe always has, but our access to it is now immediate and it can be overwhelming.

  5. We do let our children be that mean. Our children learn from our example and the judging and criticizing we pour on strangers is a huge part of the bullying epidemic. Now, more than ever, we focus on what makes us different. We may not focus on big things like race, region, or sexual orientation, but the focus on small things like co-sleeping, baby wearing, organic food, breastfeeding, etc. Are just as damaging. And don’t even get me started on the way people talk about celebrities whether they’re parents or not. It’s out if control and it directly effects our children.

    I won’t claim innocence. I’ve been just as gossipy and judgmental as anyone else. However, I am working to change those bad habits in order to benefit my four children. I know I have to be the kind of person I want my kids to be, I have to model good behavior. It isn’t always easy, but I know it’s important.

  6. I’m not sure it is good for the children; how mothers use them for their blogs, pictures of everything from potty training to their new dress

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