We all have received unwanted parenting advice from parents, friends, co-workers, strangers – you name it. It can really get on your nerves not to mention have you questioning your parenting skills. A few simple tips to help with unwanted parenting advice:
- It’s about them not you - It’s hard, but try not to take the advice personally or as a sign that you aren’t doing something right. People often give advice from their own need rather than yours.
- Trust your parenting “gut” – Everyone has a different approach to parenting, but you know your family and baby the best so go with your gut.
- Be ready – Unsolicited parenting advice often catches us off guard, but having a ready response helps. It could be as simple as “Thank you. I’ll think about that.” or a simple smile to acknowledge them.
- Look who’s talking – Consider who it is who is giving you advice. A complete stranger probably doesn’t need as much attention and tact when you give a response as a relative does.
- Listen and learn - We learn something new every day. It’s easy to become defensive about our parenting styles, but you never know who has tidbits of wisdom to share.
How do you handle unwanted parenting advice?