All Right Parents, Let's Just Acknowledge That We're All Doing Our Best Already

Breast-feed, bottle feed. Homeschool, public school. Stay at home, continue your career. Have a family while you're in your early 20s, wait until you're 40. If I see one more article criticizing moms for their choices, I might scream. Or weep. Actually, I'll probably just roll my eyes. But how about this: we all agree that we're doing the best we can, no two moms are the same, what we do for our family might not work for another family, and, oh yeah, nobody's "right." Or everybody's "right." Either one. I want to make the best choices I can for my kids, and I also want to do my best to avoid making other moms feel like they're making bad choices just because they're not the same choices. Who else is in?

All Right Parents, Let's Just Acknowledge That We're All Doing Our Best Already
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Americans are a diverse bunch, but as a culture, we can skew towards an overconfidence-bordering-on-outright-arrogance that's less than likable on the world stage. We also have that whole "ugly American tourist" stereotype to contend with, not to mention our wonky politics as of late, so it can feel like we're viewed with disdain or pity more than admiration by our fellow humans on planet Earth.

However, when Reddit user u/Rebuildingz asked this question: "Non-Americans of Reddit, what do you admire about Americans?" the answers were kind and lovely enough to make us feel proud of our unique contribution to our global tapestry.

Here are some of the more than 7,000 comments, many of which are more about the U.S. itself than the American people, but still nice to see:

"How the national identity is so culturally mixed. it seems like If you move to France, you don't become a French; you just become a foreigner. While everyone who lives in America at all is American."lTheReader·

"The hospitality. Americans get a bad rap for being xenophobic, which I think is unfair and just based on the bad incidents we've seen in recent years. I go to the USA pretty often (I'm Irish/British), and everyone I meet is always so welcoming and friendly. Well, not EVERYONE, everywhere has bad people, but it just seems like Americans generally are a lot more open and hospitable to strangers than I'm used to at home. Like, they'll just strike up a casual conversation with you just while you're standing at a street crossing or whatever. I remember one afternoon I went into a bar in Austin for a beer, and the guy next to me just sits down and says "Yep. So I just drove a truck down from New York. Helluva trip." and we chatted for like an hour about his road trip hauling wood (or something, I can't remember lol). That doesn't happen where I'm from; just shooting the breeze with a stranger."


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