Opinion. You have yours and I have mine - we may agree on some, overlap on others and heaven forbid even disagree at times.
Being a parent somehow gives everyone free reign to give you theirs on a regular basis - sometimes in a well-meaning and helpful manner and others in an 'I know best' kind of way. We all parent in our own style - a personal mash-up of various tried and tested, as well as the not so tested, methods that sit with our own beliefs as to what parenting should be. Begs the question, why are some so forceful with their opinions?
The most horrifying discovery in the parenting arena for me has been when those sharing the same opinions band together and mock/belittle those that have differing ones. From my point of view, this behaviour is tantamount to bullying. An emotive word I know but that is how I see it I am afraid to say.
I am all for learning from others and discussing reasons as to why we are following a particular path. That does not mean we presume to know what is best, expect anyone else to adopt our parenting choices or that our personal book on parenting is better than anyone elses. Even in this short space of time, the thoughts that we had on parenting pre-Munch have developed and changed as we have had to adapt and evolve with each passing day. Hell, I was very anti-dummy use until I got so desperate that I was willing to try anything, even that! My relief when the little man refused it point blank was palpable mind.
The choices and decisions we make as to how best to bring up our child/ren come, in part, from personal experience, knowledge we get given and seek, experience of others etc etc. Parenting is full of enough guilt about whether what we are doing is right without others adding to it by telling us our decisions are wrong/bad.
Is it too much to ask that we all respect each other's opinions? I, for one, cannot presume to know what drives another parent to the difficult decisions that we all have to make. Can you?