Did you see the way she just stood there while her son picked on that other kid? Can you believe they let their child watch Sponge Bob? I only let my children eat organic food. I would never send my child to school there…and the list goes on. Sure, we’re all entitled to our own opinions and parenting styles different from family to family, but how does one properly have an opinion without being judgmental? Don’t the two go hand in hand? If you have an opinion about a particular topic are you not being judgmental at the same time? Simply answered, no. At the very root of the English language, having an opinion and being judgmental are very different. Bring on the War of the Moms.

To begin, opinion is a noun. It is the belief or judgment that rests on grounds insufficient to produce complete certainty. It isn’t fact, but it is a personal view or an attitude about a particular subject. Judgmental, on the other hand, is an adjective. It is how you present that opinion with an excessively critical point of view. So, if our spouses are already in combat zones, why does it seem that all too often moms are declaring war in their own back yards? Why bring a new level of animosity, fear and insecurity to the game, instead of working as a team? We may be doing it differently, but we’re all working toward the same goal: raising healthy, happy, strong children.

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