Rightly or wrongly one of the common concerns of parents is the how we are judged by other Mums. The disapproving looks of others can be upsetting to even the strongest of Mums. But then, sometimes, you just look back and think, seriously!?!
We were at the park yesterday. Kit was in the spinny around metal bowl thing (the technical term for it obviously). I passed him a stick so he could bash it - he's done so before - it makes an awesome sound, it's like sitting in a steel drum. He bashed and I encouraged. The other Mum in the park tutted (well they looked over sternly, disapprovingly). I'm not sorry that I want my son to explore the world around him, and to see what happens if he does something. Bashing a steel drum with a stick isn't doing anyone. or anything, any harm.
I wish I thought I'd imagined the looks, but I'm sure I didn't. If that's bad parenting, judge me. My son is happy, bright and full of fun, and he loves to explore the world around him. Why would another Mum want to judge that I'm letting him do that?