From how you feed your baby to the amount of screen time they should get, everyone has an opinion about the right way to parent and how to be a mom. While they’re certainly entitled to that opinion, that doesn’t mean you have to agree. And, as one mom’s viral Facebook post reminds us, you should never have to apologize for making your own choices.

Jennifer Lynn, mom and blogger on They Whine So I Wine, recently shared a message to all moms on Facebook with a post that has since been shared by nearly 20,000 users. In the post, she writes, “As women we worry so much about what other people think or what we think they might be thinking. We create judgments in our own heads. We hear undertone where it’s not even meant to exist. We over-analyze text messages. We worry why we didn’t get the invite. We see glances and whispers and assume they must be directed at us.”

She continues, “We waste so much of our time worrying about what other people’s opinions of us are. We try so hard to bend ourselves fifty different ways to fit a mold in hopes of somehow satisfying everyone else, only to leave ourselves feeling empty. But, why? For what?”

She goes on to remind moms everywhere that “this is your motherhood” and that we should stop worrying about everyone else’s opinion. “Stop apologizing. Stop worrying about what other people think. I know. I know. Heaven forbid we offend someone … GASP.”

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If you’ve truly done something that warrants an apology, then, of course, you should give one, Lynn says, but “stop apologizing for things that are your choice. Stop doubting your own decisions. Stop looking over your shoulder. Stop trying to please everyone else.”

She concludes with some wise words to remember, “Be who you were made to be, not who others want you to be.”

—Shahrzad Warkentin

Featured photo: They Whine So I Wine via Instagram

 

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