7 Tips for Dealing with Unsolicited Parenting Advice ...

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You usually aren’t a parent for very long before you start receiving unsolicited parenting advice.

Unfortunately, a lot of people feel they have the right to advise you on how to raise your child.

This can be true even if they are practically strangers.

It can be very annoying to deal with unsolicited parenting advice.

Here are some tips to help you deal with those situations.

1. Smile and Say Thank You

A lot of times it isn’t worth going into it with people.

If it is someone you aren’t going to be talking with for long, it is sometimes the best choice to smile and say thank you.

You don’t have to listen to what they say or follow any part of their unsolicited parenting advice.

Smiling and saying thank you is just an easy way to get you off the hook.3

It also helps to move the conversation on to different things.

2. Make a Vague Comment

Vague comments can be helpful in dealing with unsolicited parenting advice.

You can say something such as, “That is interesting.” Even saying that you didn’t know that piece of advice or hadn’t heard that before is a way of acknowledging their comment without going into it.

Many times, people just want to be heard.

A vague comment validates that and ends the conversation.

3. Tell Them You Are following Your Pediatrician’s Advice

There are times you can fall back on this tried and true strategy.

It works especially well with friends and family that may feel they have more of a right to chime in on how you are raising your child.

Telling them that you are following your pediatrician’s advice is really a trump card.

What can they really say to that?

Pediatricians are experts.

I have used this one more times than I can count.

Tell Them You Have That Covered
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