Today, I had a stranger criticize my parenting skills. I was furious - she didn't know the situation, my children were behaving, and she observed us for maybe 10 seconds. I'm not sure what made her think she had a right to judge and offer her opinion/commentary. Who does that?
Anyway, I've thought of many choice things to say since then - of course. :) I would absolutely make the same parenting decision if the situation arose again. [Side note: there really was no situation in my opinion and whatever she thought was an issue did not effect her or anyone else.]
I think the thing that bothers me the very most - I can't stop thinking about it. I'm sure every parent has fears about their parenting and I guess it just magnified my own insecurities and I'm a people pleaser - yes, even strangers. But by God's grace, I believe I am the parent God has called me to be. Sure, I make mistakes and have much to learn but God is faithful.
So, lady, keep your opinions to yourself, don't make comments about things you know nothing about, and don't ever, ever shake your head at me. Okay, I'm done now.