Motherhood

Unsolicited Parenting Advice

February 16, 2016

My blog is in no way intended to tell anyone how to birth, feed, parent, diaper, educate, etc their kids. My goal is to share information with those interested in learning about whatever topic I’m writing about and to make their own decisions for their unique and individual families. That said, there are people who like to share unsolicited parenting advice. We’ve all received it from someone… perfect strangers, family members, in-laws, friends, people without kids, and even (gasp!) other moms. I usually smile and nod because most people generally mean well and want to be heard. But if someone is persistent, out of line, or you just don’t want to hear it, don’t be afraid to be direct. Saying, “thanks for trying to help but I don’t want parenting advice” creates a boundary and will most likely make it stop. Another idea is to keep a few copies of this flowchart on hand to hand out.

What ways have you dealt with unsolicited parenting advice? Please share in the comments section below!

Flowchart via  2 Boys 1 Mum

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