Anne McGraw is a fellow Nashville mom who blogs about her life as a working mother of two girls at www.softandsteel.com. Be sure to stop by next week for more fabulous guest posts from Nashville area bloggers as I continue my summer blogcation!
I am that super annoying person who comments on your cute Facebook photo you posted from your summer road trip to the beach, letting you know that your kid should really still be in a booster seat.
It’s not because I like being a brat. I actually do not enjoy brattiness in either myself or my kids.
I just have this ridiculously strong feeling that if I don’t say something – the one time I don’t pipe up and tell someone about something I know, something I’ve read, some important piece of information that’s “best” for their kids – something really bad will happen and I’ll forever hate myself for not having said something when I had the chance.
I’m an information junkie. I read numerous blogs about child safety, product recalls, health advice and healthy foods.
Often, though? I wish I didn’t know.
I wish I didn’t cringe when seeing that my 12 month old had goldfish crackers at daycare. I’d love to not be the crazy mom who brings in her own half gallons of organic milk every single Monday, because even the non-hormone milk they provide doesn’t quite cut it. I know people roll their eyes at me when I tell them about my fear of BPA, and what evil lurks in children’s shampoos, and now sunscreens and mattress fumes and UGH!
I hate me, too.
But, listen….I’m not entirely crazy. (Or is that what all crazy people say?)
I don’t have a hissy fit when the grandparents take the girls to McDonalds for a happy meal. I have an insane number of plastic toys in the house. I’ll let just about anything go in small amounts – one glass of non-organic milk isn’t going to kill anyone.
If you need proof, here’s my youngest daughter asleep in our bed. Let’s count the things wrong with this picture, shall we? But hey. She was SLEEPING. I wasn’t going to rock that boat and we did what was best for us all.
I’m a planner by nature, a researcher and a reader. I know not everyone keeps as up to date on things as I do – my friends all thought I was crazy two years ago when I wouldn’t turn my oldest around in her car seat on her 1st birthday like they all did.
But I think part of my job as a parent is to keep up with this stuff. And I try to educate others not out of some sense of smug superiority, even though I know that’s how it comes off. It is out of a place of very genuine concern and caring, knowing that if I was in their shoes? I’d want to know that the Nap Nanny I’d been using was recalled last year. Or that sleep positioners aren’t recommended because of associated SIDS risks.
Wouldn’t you want to know? Or really, should I just keep my knowledge to myself unless asked?