Parents, you’ve got questions, we’ve got answers.

Or just as likely, we’ve got questions and you’ve got answers.

Challenge: Open Discussion

I’m tired of everyone thinking it's okay to discuss MY kids milestones

Vote up!
Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Email this article


Quit creating timelines for MY kids.

Because I’m tired of milestones being fair game for everyone to discuss.

I constantly hear from other moms about what I SHOULD BE DOING,

when I SHOULD potty train,

break bad sleep habits etc.

They’re SO concerned.

And they think it’s helpful.

But IT’s NOT!

If one of my kids is behind in speech or a milestone that can indicate an intervention needed, that’s one thing.

But at the same time, assume I’m working on it. It can be frustrating for a parent who is already concerned to have EVERYONE ask about it.

And it also feels a bit competitive and more like judgment at times than trying to "help."

But in all the minutia, my kids will create their own milestones. Yes, I'll push them along at certain points, but I just want them to BE KIDS as long as possible.

And if a bottle of milk, stuffy, Wubbanub, or crawling into my bed after a bad dream makes them feel safe, I’m okay to give in.

Because at the end of the day, they’re only kids once, so I want to let them enjoy their childhoods,

instead of constantly working on SOMETHING.

Each child is unique, and they’ll get there when they’re ready.

So, unless you’re a concerned doctor,

quit creating timelines for MY kids.

I promise I’m on top of it.

This post originally appeared on the author's Facebook. Her book "Living FULL: Winning My Battle with Eating Disorder" is available on Amazon: And my Children’s Book 𝘐𝘵’𝘴 𝘖𝘬𝘢𝘺 𝘵𝘰 𝘕𝘰𝘵 𝘣𝘦 𝘖𝘬𝘢𝘺: 𝘈𝘥𝘶𝘭𝘵𝘴 𝘎𝘦𝘵 𝘉𝘪𝘨 𝘍𝘦𝘦𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘴 𝘛𝘰𝘰 is 𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐲𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞!:

This post comes from the TODAY Parenting Team community, where all members are welcome to post and discuss parenting solutions. Learn more and join us! Because we're all in this together.