Thursday, April 7

Motherhood is NOT a Competitive Sport

Consider this blog post a friendly service announcement: motherhood is NOT a competitive sport.

It is one thing to talk to another mom about how big yours kids are, what growth percentile they are in, to compare notes about speech and solids and breastfeeding.    It is OK to share with others about your baby reaching milestones; walking, talking, and later their bike riding skills.

It is not OK to turn these conversations around and into a competition.  And it is certainly not OK to tell me your 4 week old will beat up my 7 week old some day because he's 1 pound and 4 ounces heavier.  Note to self: don't sit next to that mom again at the breast feeding support group.  Which brings up my next point, in a support group, be supportive, don't be competitive.

This concludes today's public service announcement.

PS - If you want a funny read on the competitive mommy-hood I strongly recommend Momzillas by Kargman.


Stacey said...

I absolutely agree!

Rebecca said...

I can't believe someone said that to you at a BF support group! What is wrong with people?

justadrienne said...

I agree as well. I was actually not prepared for the comparing that goes on between babies . . . on the one hand it's natural to want to know where your guy is in comparison to others, but definitely not okay to make another Mom feel bad! :(

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