Nope. And honestly? I am irritated such people who claim this title.
I will say, that they are allowed to think they are parenting experts for their own children. That is totally acceptable. Someday, I may allow myself to feel this way about my own parenting. Sometime far off from now. Maybe.
But to say that you are a parenting expert, often means that you think you know what is best for all moms, dads, and kids everywhere. NOPE. You don’t. Sorry. You may have some good ideas. They may be useful and help a lot of people. But they are not mom law. There are no parenting commandments carved into stone that I know of.
I am not trying to be sassy or start a fight. Quite the opposite. I don’t seek out confrontation. I would love if we could all just get along. You can come over and brush my hair while I make you drink hot chocolate in front of the fire. As long as we don’t have to talk about natural vs. medicated birth. Breastfeeding vs. formula. Co-sleeping vs. Cry It Out. Rice cereal vs. Baby Led Eating. Strollers vs. Carriers. Home School vs. the Public System. Bacon vs. Kale.
I am exhausted by that list. And it is only the beginning.
I am not going to lie and say that some of those debates don’t get me all riled up, but most often, I bite my tongue when in a public space. Sometimes it is SO HARD TO DO THIS. I take a breath and remember that what is right for me, is not going to work for everyone. So unless someone comes to be and honestly wants my advice? They will get none. Does this make me a pansy mom blogger? Maybe. I am not promising I won’t write about these topics, but it is not my main concern in this space.
There are some bloggers that I follow who have a gift for writing about their experiences with these highly debated parenting topics without sounding like assholes. I admire them. They are not preaching about their methods, they are sharing their story. I like that. I want to read more stories and less speeches.
Personally? I am more likely to keep my breastfeeding, babywearing, co-sleeping, home-birth wanting, baby lead weaning, attachment parenting jibber jabber tucked away in my private emails or limited to twitter threads and DMs with friends. Oops. Did I just say that? 😉