So this was me, yesterday morning:
Swistle: "It's been getting kind of heavy and grim around here, what with all the mother-in-law talk, and all the teary rage and diets and exercise and psychiatric medication. Let's do something lighter! How about posting one of the Asking Swistle For Advice emails I've been meaning to post? We can all work together, sharing ideas and helping each other out as fawns romp in the grass nearby and the little birdies sing sweetly in the trees!"
And so I posted a question asking for good ways to fit children's baths into the routine. I had expected the comments to be a combination of tips and experience, maybe some funny stories about grubby kids.
I'd thought there might be a little fuffle about the fact that Shelly works and her husband stays at home with the kids: I thought we might get some people saying that her husband should be handling it, and some people saying that in their household the working parent does baths as a way to carve out time with the kids.
I had not expected that we were going to get the comments that were more along the lines of DO IT MY WAY OR YOU SUCK AS A PARENT! Had you? I was completely surprised! I thought I knew the "hill to die on" issues, and I didn't think baths were one of them. And the personal attacks! People saying that other people's children smelled bad or were germy! Yeek!
Result of Swistle's attempt to take it down a notch? Now we all have another thing to add to our list of things to be scared other mothers are judging us about! Swistle: Keeping the Conflict Alive!
Also: Keeping Ear Hats Alive:
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