056: What I’d Say to Judgemental Strangers, If I Had the Nerve | Lisa York

Those who judge don’t understand. Those who understand don’t judge

Has a random stranger ever come up to you and told you off about what you’re doing (or not doing) with your child?

There’s nothing I find more irritating.

Stranger: “Excuse me dear, it’s a very cold day. Don’t you think he should have his socks on”.

You: “You don’t say. That’s why I’ve put them back on 15 times already and finally gave up about a minute before you arrived” (said in thought bubble).

It’s happened to me just a few times in my 7 years as a parent, but boy, do I remember it.


Because it’s annoying. And it feels like a hurtful criticism when I’m trying my best.

Does the stranger remember it?

No. Of course not.

Because to them it’s just a fly-away comment.

This week on High Five Friday, I rant about what I’d say to that random stranger, if I had the nerve.

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Has a complete stranger ever told you off in public? How did you feel? And how did you react? Now’s your time to vent, so tell me your story in the comments.

Now, Go Conquer Motherhood!

Lisa York x

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Lisa York

Lisa believes a happy mum brings up happy kids who become happy adults. With four children aged 7, 6, 4 and 2, finding time for herself is an ongoing challenge. But she’s trying.

Lisa lives with her family in Canberra, Australia.

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4 replies
  1. Lisa York | SuperMum
    Lisa York | SuperMum says:

    Our conversation was my inspiration to speak out. It had been bubbling up inside me for years!! Thank you too!

  2. Kristy Conroy
    Kristy Conroy says:

    OMG!! Finally found a few spare minutes (on the drive home from work) to listen to this awesome post and I LOVED IT!!! It actually brought a little tear to my eye!! Thank you so much for this excellent imaginary letter, I hope one day to have the courage to use some of these words! I also plan to share the link with some people I know who have experienced similar issues and need reminding that us mums are all doing the best we can!!!
    Thank you thank you thank you!!!

  3. Lisa York | SuperMum
    Lisa York | SuperMum says:

    Glad you enjoyed it Angie. I didn’t want to sound like I was moaning, but it seems to be a gripe of so many mum that I thought it could do with an airing!!! I still haven’t had the guts to speak out!

  4. Angie
    Angie says:

    Fantastic 8 minutes, it’s exactly how I feel every time you hear those little tuts, or the hard stares.
    I’ll let you know if I have the guts to tell someone how I feel at the time..

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