I went to the park last week with some of my friends and their children. There was a mom there that we had never met before. We wished that she was familiar with this list of "unwritten" mommy rules:
1. Don't give food to children that aren't yours without asking their mom first. It is frowned upon to cause another child to have an allergic reaction and go into anaphylactic shock. So unless you carry an Epipen in your diaper bag alongside your Nutter Butters, keep your snacks to yourself.
2. Don't tell other moms that you think that their children should be careful. Don't tell them to slow down or not to climb so high. This is especially true for school age children. If their mothers kept them alive for 5+ years then their mothers probably don't need your help.
3. Don't discipline children that are not yours. Sometimes it is difficult to resist the urge especially when some children act like miniature sociopaths. Keep an eye on your own children, even though I am sure they are perfect little angels.
4. Watch your language! Your children may be used to hearing foul language but my children don't live with the Real Housewives of NJ. I don't need them coming up to me at the park and asking what $%@# and *%#@ mean.
Please feel free to print out this list of rules and pass them out to the parents that you see at the park. Maybe we should have the nurses in the maternity ward pass them out to all new parents.