Before you judge the mom whose kid is watching cartoons on an iPad in a restaurant, think. Maybe this is the only way she can enjoy a meal in peace.
Before you judge the mom who is looking frustrated while her kid is throwing a temper tantrum, think. Perhaps her child has trouble communicating and his speech delay is frustrating for both of them.
Before you judge the mom enjoying a night out with her girlfriends, think. Maybe this is her first night out in months, or even years.
Before you judge the mom grocery shopping in her pajamas, think. Maybe she spent her entire morning getting everyone else ready, and she didn’t get a chance to take a shower or wash her own clothes.
Before you judge the mom feeding her kid fast food, think. Maybe she’s happy her kid is eating anything at all.
Before you judge the mom whose baby isn’t wearing any shoes, think. Maybe the baby kicked them off and she’s sick of looking for them.
Before you judge the mom using food stamps, think. Perhaps that mother is working multiple minimum wage jobs and still not making enough to feed her family.
Before you judge the mom whose baby isn’t properly buckled in his carseat, think. Maybe no one has taught her how to do so. Use this as an opportunity to educate a fellow mother.
You don’t know any of these moms’ stories. The truth is, we all have a story. When it comes to mom shaming, nothing is black and white. There is always a story behind what you see. We’re all doing the best that can. Stop shaming and start thinking, mama. We’re all in this together.