Forget about mean girls, when you become a parent a new breed of school yard behaviour begins. They are the mean mummies.
Mean Mummies are the ones who judge us mere mortals and make us feel like we are doing a rubbish job. They give the 'look', if you have been on the receiving end of one of these looks, then you will know what I'm talking about.
Yesterday, The Huffington Post Parents held its no judgement day. I'm going to share with you a few thing that may not win me any parenting awards, but help me get through the days. They gave theirs and here are mine:
* Don't judge me because I use the TV as a babysitter when Damien gets up at 5am. I'm in no mood to do arts and crafts.
* Don't judge me because I have to drive my boys to sleep everyday for their naps.
* Don't judge me because my toddler shouts his head off all the way around the supermarket.
* Don't judge me because sometimes I wipe their snotty nose on my sleeve if I forget my wet wipes.
* Don't judge me because I sometimes give them sweets for a few minute peace.
* Don't judge me because sometimes I put them to bed early, because I have just had enough.
* Don't judge me if I use bribes to get then to do what I want.
* Don't judge me if they are wearing odd socks and food covered clothes.
* Don't judge me because my baby will only go to sleep at night whilst being pushed in his buggy.
* Don't judge me because my house is so messy, I would rather admit to being burgled, than not cleaned.
*Don't judge me, if I cook several dinners just so they eat something.
We need to leave this judgemental behaviour at the school gate where it belongs.
None of us are perfect, but please mean mummies stop projecting your own insecurities on to us and leave us to do it our own way.
There is enough guilt already surrounding the way we parent. We don't need you adding to it.
I'd love to know what people shouldn't judge you for.