CONVERSATION: Let’s talk about ‘parent-judging'
MANILA, Philippines – When you spot a child with unruly hair, sporting a messy shirt, and racing to the top of a tree unsupervised, what’s the first thought that comes to your mind?
Do you say aloud, “Where are this kid’s parents?" Perhaps you wonder if they’re too busy to look after their child.
Sometimes, it’s so easy to pass judgement on other parents when we spot a little bit of mess or a seeming lack of discipline. What we often forget is that most of parenting begins and happens at home. It should not be defined by what the public sees.
We need to talk about this practice of “parent-judging.” After all, there is no such thing as a perfect parenting style. Every parent’s set of values, approach to correcting behavior, and way of showing affection is unique. What’s important is that each parent makes sure that their child receives all of these at home.
Let’s celebrate the different flavors of parenting. Share lessons you’ve learned from raising your own kids, and encourage others to start empowering other parents – instead of bringing them down.
Continue joining the conversation using the hashtag #NoToParentJudging. – Rappler.com