I got pregnant at 21 years old, and then worked in an office as an entry-level writer at 22 - a place where women 5, 10, 15 years older than me hadn't had kids yet - so I certainly had moments of embarrassment and insecurity about being such a young mother. Insensitive comments, shocked responses, blatant assumptions - I've heard 'em all. But then as I got older, more experienced, I realized that it's not just young moms who feel insecure and judged - it's all moms. (And age is just an easy target.)
So Facebook forums are telling you that you're a horrible mother for poisoning your baby with formula, or that you started with solid foods too early (or too late or incorrectly), or that you're breastfeeding far too long. You don't love your kids enough, or you love them too much. And as wonderful as the Internet can be for community and information, it can also be an easy and anonymous way to attack and hurt.
Turns out I wasn't the only younger mom who felt the sting of judgement fromRead More »from Spread Love, Not Shame! How Moms Are Uplifting Other Moms