Speaking of perception... I realize I just posted about my daughter being bananas, including pictures of her mid-tantrum. There are many perceptions which could be drawn by looking at that post.
1. "How dare she post a picture of her precious child all a wreck!"
If this is the thought you had when you saw that post, you missed the point. I thought long and hard about my moral obligations and the need to protect my child from embarrassment on the internets. What I decided was that a) my daughter used to throw huge 'end of the world' fits over socks and b) she no longer throws those kinds of fits and c) we solved the problem, the problem is solved. For these reasons, I thought it helpful to share our experiences with others, in hopes that more children get the help they may very well need.
2. "That mom is MEAN!"
I certainly don't want you to think I'm a mean mom for posting pics of my kid all a mess. However, my daughter is aware that these two embarrassing pictures of her are on the internet, and when she found out, she giggled. We talked about the post and I shared with her that I was posting about how great her surgery had been for her and that we are celebrating that we no longer experience the pain of what was living-with-tonsils-so-large-she-couldn't-breath.
3. "She must not care what others think."
I care, but only a little. Some will like me, and some will not. This isn't a popularity contest, this is where I talk about things that matter to me. When I learn something life changing, I want to shout it from the rooftops. If you like it, subscribe! If you don't, thanks for visiting, move along. No hurt feelings here.
The main point here, is that while I'm on a self discovery path - you might as well learn with me. Ah, and another opportunity for a list! Here goes:
1. Don't be pretentious. We're all trying to be the best versions of ourselves - people express themselves differently - deal with it, accept it.
2. Tone down the judging notion, and join with me in singing kumbaya around the campfire. Why do moms (yeah, I'm calling out the moms!) have to be so dang judge-y all the time?? Take a deep breath, realize we're all doing our best (and sometimes that does involve 3 cups of coffee in one day!). Let's encourage each other to be authentic and true to ourselves - for that is one of the keys to living a happy life.