Michelle Kemper Brownlow: Recently, I mommy-vented via a Facebook status update.
Within a couple of minutes, I received a whole mom lecture from a fellow writer I have never even spoken to. She felt the need to tell me that she has five kids and that I should stop whining and either make my son listen or be a fun mom.
Firstly, I didn't ask for advice. Secondly, she doesn't know that my child has special needs. Thirdly, she has no idea that I have rolled in the mud with my kids JUST FOR FUN! So who is she to ASSUME all of these things about me?!
Last night when I watched the premiere of "Kate Plus 8," I was reminded of the fact that some women feel they have the right to make assumptions about other moms they don't even know. Kate gets threats on her doorstep. Are you kidding me?! The "glass houses" thing comes to mind ....
I think Kate's life must be sheer HELL at times, due to peers who should be supporting "strong women with opinions," (as Meredith Vieira put it). I was boiling all day over one negative comment; I can't imagine how Kate feels on a day-to-day basis.
Kate Gosselin, I feel your pain -- and it was just one online comment that pissed me off. The fact that you can keep going and not let those attacks bring you down makes me admire you even more! ROCK ON, SISTER!
Assuming moms, if you would start putting your unwarranted advice and judgment-call energy into your own families -- or toward a good cause -- and stop worrying about what everyone else is doing, we would all be much happier!