Get out of my head!

Back in September, Arwyn at Rasing My Boychick shared a list aptly titled 10, No, 40 Things I Never Want to Hear or Read Again (Parenting Judgment Edition).

I think I need to post a copy of this, conspicuously, in every room I frequent. As a reminder to self — and others.


  1. “Why do those other parents look forward to school starting? Do they not like their kids?”
  2. “How can those other parents stand being with their kids all the time? They must be saints!”
  3. “How can those other parents let their kids get so fat?”
  4. “How can those other parents let their kids run unsupervised all over the neighbourhood?”
  5. “If only you’d do cry-it-out, your baby would sleep perfectly!”
  6. “If only you’d cosleep, your baby would sleep perfectly!”
  7. “If your kid doesn’t cry because of you sometimes, you’re not doing it right.”
  8. “If your kid ever cries because of you, you’re not doing it right.”
  9. “He’s never going to learn to walk if you keep carrying him.”
  10. “If you ever put her down, you’ll break her trust in you!”
  11. “What a pretty princess!”
  12. “Oh, that’s a boy? …are you sure?”
  13. “If they don’t go to school, how are they ever going to be socialized?”
  14. “School is just a babysitter so parents don’t have to pay attention to their kids.”
  15. “Well I never yell. When I’m babysitting.”
  16. “You went to New York all by yourself, leaving your kid and your husband behind? Well then who’s watching your kid?”
  17. “Aren’t you lucky to have a husband who’s willing to babysit so you can have a night off!”
  18. “If the child can walk/talk/eat/ask for it, they’re too old to nurse!”
  19. “If she didn’t want to breastfeed, she shouldn’t have had kids!”
  20. “If they’re just going to plop them with a nanny, they shouldn’t have had kids!”
  21. “If they’re just going to plop them in front of the TV, they shouldn’t have had kids!”
  22. “But your kid’s going to be left out if they don’t watch TV!”
  23. “How are they ever going to learn to handle advertising if they’re not exposed to it?”
  24. “How are they ever going to learn to handle bullying if they’re not exposed to it?”
  25. “Talking about race with my kids would only expose them to racism!”
  26. “You’re just making things harder on yourself.”
  27. “It’s child abuse to not have babies on a sleep schedule.”
  28. “It’s child abuse to not respond to baby’s cues immediately.”
  29. “Isn’t he a little old for that?”
  30. “Isn’t she a little young for that?”
  31. “Boys are such a handful!”
  32. “Girls are such a handful!”
  33. “Those are all yours? You must have your hands full!”
  34. “Is that your only so far? When are you going to give him a sibling?”
  35. “If I let my kid do whatever he wanted, he’d never stop playing video games!”
  36. “Forcing your child to stop engaging in their interest is child abuse.”
  37. “You let your child walk to school?? But how could you ever forgive yourself if Something Happened?!”
  38. “Helicopter parents.”
  39. “But I turned out fine!”
  40. “I blame the mother.”
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