Guest blogger Meanest Mom writes: Last week at my community pool, I witnessed the water rescue of a school-age boy. The lifeguard and the boy weren't even out of the pool before the blaming began.
"Where's that boy's mother?" hissed an angry mom.
As it turns out, the boy's mother was sitting on the edge of the pool when her son began showing signs of distress. She dove into the water after him, but the lifeguard got to the boy before she did.
What this incident illustrates is that even the most vigilant parenting can't prevent all accidents and mishaps from occurring. All moms know this, but this doesn't stop us from criticizing other moms for things that their children do and don't do. (That is, until it is our child who panics or poops in the middle of the pool, and then we expect universal compassion and understanding.)
We read about negligent parents in the media, yet the overwhelming majority of women around us are not included among them. The simple fact is that most of us are doing the very best job with our kids that we possibly can. Given this, why are we so critical of other moms?
Without a doubt, mothers have the hardest jobs on earth, and being hard on one another only makes our daily burden that much heavier. As moms, we should support, encourage, and uplift one another, if for no other reason than our belief in the golden rule.
It takes a village to raise a child. Let's not be nasty villagers.