Natural birth? Getting sleep?: Let’s stop being polite and just be honest, mom says

Mom criticisms are real and can be vicious.

Shelby Palls of Carbondale, Ill., said she, like most moms, gets a lot of weird questions about her parenting decisions. Did you have a natural birth? How’s everyone sleeping? Are you making time for yourself?

“Before becoming a mom, no one ever told me to be prepared for mom criticisms,” Pals told USA TODAY. 

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There are polite ways to answer these questions, but those answers usually never reflect the reality. 

Now, the mom of two and voice behind tablemannersblog.com is advocating for moms to answer these sometimes uncomfortable questions more frankly. 

“We can learn from each other if we are honest,” she said. 

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