Fighting Against Mom Smackdowns

Most of the time, when I comment about parenting issues, it’s those that are related to postpartum depression, whether it’s breastfeeding, or medication, or sleeping through the night. It’s tough as all get-out to be a mom with PPD, not to mention the stigma and the judgment and the guff we get from others, PLUS the internal fistfight we’re usually having with ourselves. I like standing up for Warrior Moms, because you deserve it. You deserve respect and kindness and support, just like anybody else with any other kind of illness.

I’m okay being in the public eye when it comes to PPD … obviously … but I do get tired of the people who feel they can comment or make comparisons or judge you whenever you share your story or come out on one side of a parenting issue. Do you ever feel the same way?

I wrote about that this week in my column Something Fierce. I hope you’ll check it out: The Smackdown of Parents with Opinions

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About Katherine Stone

is the founder of Postpartum Progress. She has been named a WebMD Health Hero, one of the fiercest women in America by More magazine, and one of the top 20 Social Media Moms by Working Mother magazine. She is a survivor of postpartum OCD.

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  1. I dislike how people seem to think they have a right to know why you are making a particular parenting choice when it’s simply none of their business whatsoever.