Being Polite When Offering Parenting Advice is Vital

I’m a better mom than you!!!!!! caught my attention. In this blog post, a mom shares her thoughts on the perils of giving out and being bombarded with too much parenting advice. I have been thinking about this parenting issue the past few weeks, and I couldn’t be any happier to find such a wonderfully put together post.

Today parents are subjected to a great deal of parenting advice, tips, and information from different sources–family, friends, celebrities, health professionals, etc– and while they can be helpful at times, more often than not, they elicit negative emotions. They can cause feelings such as guilt, incompetence, and even jealousy. Personally, I do not have a problem listening to other people’s opinions about parenting (I actually enjoy it very much), but I do not like it when other people comment about my parenting skills or decisions. I know that they mean well and want to help, but I just can’t help but feel judged and insulted when someone does that.

All parents want nothing but the best for their children–we may have different styles but we surely have the same goals. I hope that we all try to be extra careful when giving advice to our fellow parents. It may even be best if we wait for them to ask before we give them our thoughts. When we do share our opinion, let us make sure to exercise politeness.