The same viral post has been making the rounds for years, because we all need to hear it
No matter what your choices are when it comes to raising your child, sometimes it’s important to just sit back and remember that we’re all doing our best. A viral post keeps surfacing, because that’s clearly a message we all need to hear. And we have no idea who wrote it.
The gist? We’re all doing our best. And if any of us have judgments about others’ parenting choices, we’d do well to remember we’re all living in glass houses.
The latest version was shared via mom Ashley Potter on Facebook, and quickly went viral again. The post has 70k shares and counting. “The words were in my Facebook memories from a year ago and I decided to post them again last Thursday,” Potter explained to Scary Mommy. “I probably just saw it on Pinterest or something a year ago and put #repost since I didn’t know where they came from.”
We traced it back to 2013, shared by the blog Beautifully BellaFaith on Facebook:
Beautifully BellaFaith attributed it to the parenting group, “Team Toddler,” and it’s appeared on several blog posts since 2013, all attributed to “unknown.”
It seems an anonymous unicorn has written a post we all need to read. Here it is:
To the mom who’s breastfeeding: Way to go! It really is an amazing gift to give your baby, for any amount of time that you can manage! You’re a good mom.
To the mom who’s formula feeding: Isn’t science amazing? To think there was a time when a baby with a mother who couldn’t produce enough would suffer, but now? Better living through chemistry! You’re a good mom.
To the cloth diapering mom: Fluffy bums are the cutest, and so friendly on the bank account. You’re a good mom.
To the disposable diapering mom: Wow those things hold a lot, and it’s excellent to not worry about leakage and laundry! You’re a good mom.
To the mom who stays home: I can imagine it isn’t easy doing what you do, but to spend those precious years with your babies must be amazing. You’re a good mom.
To the mom who works: It’s wonderful that you’re sticking to your career, you’re a positive role model for your children in so many ways, it’s fantastic. You’re a good mom.
To the mom who had to feed her kids from the drive thru all week because you’re too worn out to cook or go grocery shopping: You’re feeding your kids, and hey, I bet they aren’t complaining! Sometimes sanity can indeed be found in a white bag with a big red chick on it. You’re a good mom.
To the mom who gave her kids a home-cooked breakfast lunch and dinner for the past week: Excellent! Good nutrition is important, and they’re learning to enjoy healthy foods at an early age, a boon for the rest of their lives. You’re a good mom.
To the mom with the kids who are sitting quietly and using their manners in the fancy restaurant: Kudos, it takes a lot to maintain order with children in a place where they can’t run around. You’re a good mom.
To the mom with the toddler having a meltdown in the cereal aisle: they always seem to pick the most embarrassing places to lose their minds don’t they? We’ve all been through it. You’re a good mom.
To the moms who judge other moms for ANY of the above?
Glass houses, friend. Glass houses.
Truer words have never been written about parenting, which is probably why it’s been shared so many times. We’re all doing our best, and sometimes that best is far from perfect. The best thing we can do for this sisterhood that is motherhood is be as supportive as possible — even if we’re looking at decisions we wouldn’t make ourselves.