Last week, someone I know criticized my parenting. It's someone I know well - a younger member of my extended family - and he is not a parent himself. It happened after my husband and I had a talk with Alfs about general expectations for the summer. I was stunned, and a bit stung.
Even though, given the circumstance, I could have, reasonably and completely, dismissed the comments completely, I didn't. Instead, I took the opportunity to reexamine some (but not all) of my parenting. Dismissing would have been so much easier.
There were two specific critical points that this person made: 1) That I hold my kids to a high standard and 2) they are going to hate me.
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