I have some pretty heavy parenting pet peeves. I put this list together, not at all claiming to be a perfect mother, but to just get some things off my chest about what drives me up the wall that I see other parents do. I can think of 100 things that I do that I'm sure get on other parent's nerves, too (like let my kids speak freely of what's on their mind all the time).
I wrote this article for my column over at Parent Society, so as always, I'll start the article here and let you head over there to finish it! You can comment here or there, but let me know what your parenting pet peeves are!!
5 Parenting Pet Peeves
Parenting is subjective. What works for one family may not work for another. There is no absolute right or wrong way to raise your child. With that said, every parent ends up developing a personal list of parenting pet peeves, things we see other parents do that just get under our skin. We don’t necessarily judge, especially if the child isn’t in danger, but we recognize practices or behavior that we wouldn’t do ourselves.
Here’s my personal list of parenting pet peeves:
1. Obese Children Eating Unhealthy Foods
I completely understand when a child has a sickness that causes them to gain weight, and I am sympathetic to those families. Considering that makes up only a small fraction of the number of obese children in the world, the rest of the obesity cases I blame on the parents. A child at the age of 3 or 4 does not know about nutrition and eats what he is given. This, in turn, makes obese children a parenting problem. If an adult wants to eat unhealthily and not exercise, then it is their right to do so; poisoning a child who doesn’t know better is just wrong, and a horrible parenting practice.
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