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17 Times You Definitely Did Not Judge Other Parents

Nope, no judgement here.

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1. That time a mom yelled at her screaming child in Target, you didn't judge.

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As a fellow parent, you've been there. You know your kid doesn't give a shit if you're having a bad day.

2. When you saw that dad plop the carseat right on top of the grocery cart, you didn't post a shame-y picture on Facebook.

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You were a newbie once too trying to make it through a shopping trip with a tiny human in tow. Maybe no one has let him know that it's not the safest spot for his sleeping babe.

3. When one of the moms in your 2-year-old's music class breastfed her toddler mid-song, there were no snarky comments from you.

4. When you noticed your neighbors had registered for cloth diapers, you didn't laugh in their faces about how much laundry they'd have to do.

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You only called them dirty hippies behind closed doors, because you know how to act.

5. Or, when you saw your disposable diaper-loving friend send yet another seven pounds of dirty diapers to the landfill, you offered to help her carry the load.

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You definitely didn't tell her that her baby's waste was slowly killing the planet. You know that everyone has to choose their battles.

6. When your best friend stopped breastfeeding and switched to formula after three weeks, you got it. Being someone's exclusive source of food is hard.

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You left your "breast is best" t-shirt at home that day. You realize that her circumstances are different than yours.

7. When your High School boyfriend posted that Instagram of his newborn snuggling his Rottweiler, you kept your chill.

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Sure, big dogs make you kind of uncomfortable but there's no way you would ever presume to know more about his pet than he does.

8. When your 5-year-old pointed out the kid on the leash at Disneyland, you didn't snicker or roll your eyes.

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You know that for the parents of a kid who has been known to take off running, that leash could mean the difference between spending their day at the park, or filing a report at the police station.

9. When your pre-kinder's friend brought a pacifier on their playdate, you didn't activate a phone tree.

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Different kids soothe in different ways and develop at different paces. You totally get that.

10. When that mom checked her iPhone while pushing her kid on the swings, you smiled knowingly.

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You've been guilty of taking adult interaction however you can get it, too.

11. And when those parents let their kid play on the iPad in a restaurant, you didn't throw shade.

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You've been there. If that's how those parents can get a few minutes to connect with each other, so be it.

12. When you were asked to donate a little extra money to your child's class so that everyone could go on the field trip, you didn't gripe about the families that didn't pay their share.

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You get that the parents who couldn't pay their own kids way want nothing more than to be able to do so, and you would never want those kids to miss out.

13. When your friend told you she was having a home birth, you didn't tell her she was crazy.

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You offered to be there with her, even if it was only so you could be ready to dial 911.

15. When that blogger you follow posted a photo of their kiddo with a twisted carseat strap on Instagram, you didn't call it out in the comments.

16. When that celebrity shared a photo of his wife holding his new baby all wrong, you cut them some slack.

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You see that fumbling through parenting is one of the small ways stars really are just like us.

17. And when the little boy in the airport line lost his shit and his parents tried calming tactics you'd never seen before, you thought before you started whispering about them.

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You realized that you didn't know that family's situation, or what their child's needs may be.

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