What is it with this pressure crap? It’s tricky enough launching into the unpredictable world of small people, and I could do without the judgement police seemingly waggling a finger at every corner.
Pressure about feeding, clothing, sleeping, pooing, what nappies you use or don’t use, screen time, the pram you use, the car seat you use, blah blah blah bollocks. We live in information hell in some ways and it’s starting to irritate me. I read a quote recently that resonated with me – ‘Opinion is really the lowest form of human knowledge. It requires no accountability, no understanding. The highest form of knowledge is empathy, because it requires us to suspend our egos and live in another’s world’. I seem to run into opinion all the time – in fact I know I have been guilty of it myself on many occasions. Too often we get sucked into stuff we read on the net or hearsay coming from random sources that fit with what we feel makes sense to us.
I made the mistake once of joining a couple of Facebook groups on baby wearing and child car seats – it was like I’d entered a weird cult of people who thought they knew everything about each topic and would go so far as to pull up random strangers because they were doing something ‘wrong’. WTF? Live your own life, make you’re own choices, be responsible for your own children. And RELAX – all this pressure just makes everyone on edge, and squashes the fun out of everything. Let’s just be kind to each other and live and let live.