Has anyone ever heard of the CTFD method of parenting? I highly recommend you give it a read here. David Vienna does a great job summarizing that parents just need to chill out sometimes. As long as you love your child and are doing the best you can do for them - you're a good parent.
As a follow up to this awesome article, I found this great graphic:
Since I've become a parent, I've often noticed that I'm constantly comparing myself as a mother & parent to other parents. "Oh, they're doing such and such, should I be doing that too?" The truth is: there is no perfect formula out there on how to be a perfect parent and raise perfect children - we're all just mucking through it the best we can. Have I learned things with my first that I'll do differently with my second? Sure, but that's life - making mistakes, making changes and figuring things out as you go.
Second note to this graphic, I've noticed there is often a lot of judgment among parents (I, myself, have occasionally been guilty of it), but we need to remember that every family (and family situation) is different and parents are just doing what they can and what they believe is best for their children. As observers (and people who may not have all the facts), we need to respect others decisions on how they raise their children, not judge them. I also think all the differences in how we raise children are a positive, because as our children make friends they're exposed to different belief systems and different things - thus further expanding their world.
And to wrap up this post I was recently linked this funny article: 10 (Mildly Shallow) Reasons to Breastfeed. I really have nothing to say about it as the article does a great job, but I highly recommend all moms (whether breastfeeding or not) give it a read as I'm sure it will bring a smile to your face today.