I shared some advice on the Good Morning America blog for parents to disengage from mom wars and to protect their mental health.
A key message:
Remember the old adage of ‘be kind for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle’
I would encourage parents to remember that we are all trying our best and everyone’s best will look different. What may work for one family, may not work for another. Also, we do not know that person’s history, which can include trauma and what they are currently battling with. This person that you are judging or shaming may be posting extra curated pictures for the ‘likes’ as a way of compensating for their low self-esteem, guilt, a fight they just had with their partner, an illness in the family that they are in denial about, etc.