Never (Ever, Ever) Apologize for the Parent You Are

So I wrote this post for Babble, My Toddler Has a TV in His Room and I’m Not Sorry.  The post wound up on the Yahoo! homepage linking to Yahoo! Shine with over 2,200 comments ranging from everything from support to allegations of neglect and child abuse.

Who would have thought in a bazillion years that the piece would be so controversial that Good Morning America would want to interview me about it?  Me on GMA?  You have got to be kidding me.

I declined.  I didn’t feel the need to defend my parenting choices on national television.

Even after all the comments and horrible allegations for the choices I’ve made, I’m still not sorry.

I’ll never be sorry.

I hope you’ll never be sorry for the parenting choices you’ve made, and here’s why.



  1. Okay this is amazing on two fronts, that you were offered an interview AND that you said no. Your choice says so much about your character. So glad I came to visit from Tina’s site :).

  2. While I’m firmly in the “no TV in the bedroom” camp, I would never go so far as to judge another mother as “neglectful” or “abusive” for choosing to go that route. To each their own.

    But I have mad respect for you for declining, and I have to say, I would’ve done the exact same thing. But still… very exciting!

  3. You shouldn’t be sorry.

    But dang girl- what a way to kick off your start with Babble! Awesome!

    Though… I’d probably go on GMA. 😉

  4. I knew I liked you, but now I think I LOVE you. 😉

  5. Your take on this is so refreshing. Thank you!

  6. You are amazing! A-MAZ-ING! I’m so proud that you stuck to your principals and said NO and stand by your post. THAT is being true to yourself, and THAT is an incredibly wonderful thing to show and teach your children!! BRAVO!

    • I couldn’t have said it better. I have no love for the mom-on-mom finger-pointing that goes on all over the net. You have no reason to apologize and your kids will take this lesson to heart. Good on you, mama.

  7. You are awesome, Lori. Good for you for standing your ground and not being lured by the temptation that is GMA.

  8. good for you!

  9. i am so proud of you friend!!!

  10. YOU SAID NO?

    THAT needs to be an even BIGGER post on Babble…the reason you said NO to national coverage.

    Proud of you, mama.

  11. I kind of wish you would have gone on TV! There needs to be discussion about this on a national stage. No more mommy guilt. No more judgement or hurtfut, unwarranted criticism of parenting techniques. I also, feel, however, that it’s a great platform to talk about *actual* child abuse… and when it *is* appropriate to step in. Keep up the nice work!

  12. Loved you before, love you even more now. Staying true to who you are, brilliant. xoxo

  13. That is so impressive that you didn’t go on the air – I would have enjoyed watching you but completely and totally respect your opinion. Personally, I know that some of my parenting methods are all wrong, and I wouldn’t want to air my dirty laundry either. Respect, mama!

  14. Yes, very well said! And, I agree with Brianne, as long as it doesn’t affect my child!

  15. You declined? seriously? I don’t even know you and I have such respect! You didn’t default to “I want publicity no matter the cost.” Impressive.

    And parenting means never having to say you’re sorry.
    Or something like that.

  16. Very Well Said!! I wish everyone would mind their own business. yes you are entitled to your opinions but like your momma said “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all!”

    However I’d like to point out a favorite phrase from a very good friend which is
    “Your “bad” parenting is none of my business until it affects my kids”( -S. Britt.) in which case if you are truely a bad parent and it is affecting my child then I will be all up in your business!


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