We have all been there, someone wants to give you “advice” or their opinions on how you and your partner “should be raising your child”. Insert massive eye roll here.
No of ands or butts, about it. Most of the time you try to be polite and say thank you, carry in with your day. But really, some of the things I’ve heard are just absurd. So I thought why not ask others what the worst, or most annoying parenting advice they ever got was.
I got quite a few similar ones, or ones that all fit into the same category so here are the 3 major categories of responses I got.
- Installing fear is the only way to gain respect.
- Baby’s are just “seeking” attention and you’re “spoiling” them by giving it to them.
- You’ll just know, but here let me tell you the “right way” aka my way.
- Let me diagnose your child.
- Post-partum depression and all the stigma.
“Installing fear is the only way to gain respect”
This one. This one makes my blood boil. Children do not need to beads scared to respect you. They do not need to learn to fear their parents. So let’s get into it.
What happens when we teach children to fear their parents? Nothing good if you ask me. Studies have shown that when you teach your children to fear you, you can cause a lot of long-term damage. This also goes for Spanking, hitting, yelling to a certain extent, belittling, and locking them in their room as a form of punishment. (For a more in-depth read Click here for an article on the CNBC news site.)
This sort of reaction to “punishing” your child is simply causing harm. When your child feels like they’re a parent is going to lash out, and physically or emotionally harm them. For misbehaviour or an accident they forms a lack of miss trust. Which can create a cycle of your child lying to you in fear of punishment.
To simply put it, if you wouldn’t react this way to an adult. Don’t react this way to your child.
Though they may be small, and you can’t always communicate like we would like them too. You as the parent need to be able to calm and collectively talk to your child. To sort out the issues and get to the root of what is going on. I am not telling you to let your child get away with everything.
Sometime a time out, or appropriate punishment such as: not being able to play with side you that was involved in incident for a period Amount of time, having to apologize, timeouts, and or leave it losing a privilege depending on the child’s age. And simply talking to them.
Baby’s are just “seeking” attention and you’re “spoiling” them by giving it to them.
Yes. You read that correctly.
Now I’m not sure why or how this is a thing. Along with “your baby/toddler is “manipulating you” all of it is just bullshit. (in my opinion of course) How could a baby or toddler who Literally depends on you for every single one of their physical, emotional, and mental needs can manipulate or attention-seeking? They NEED you. If this is your mindset I don’t think parenting is for you. (Again in my opinion of course.)
Holding your child while they sleep is not spoiling them, comforting your child when they are sad (no matter the age) is not spoiling them. YOU ARE THEIR SAFE SPACE. You where they’re first home. You are the one they depend on. You are their entire world. You can not spoil them, for simply loving you.
Do not let anyone tell you any different. I said it before in Stop telling Moms how to feel. You have no right how to tell a mother how to parent or how to feel.
You’ll just know, but here let me tell you the “right way” aka my way.
“Don’t pick that baby up every time he cries’s… Here let me have him I’ll show you how to make him stop crying.”
Sound familiar? what about, “You should just know how to do this by now. No not like that. I did ______ with you.”
We have all been there. We’ve all politely just smiled grit our teeth and say “thanks”. Or say that’s nice but I do it this way. I can’t count how many times I’ve had to explain that we don’t do things that. All because some one who feels “they know best” has the answer I need.
Every single child is different, every single way to parent is different. What worked for you will not work for everyone. What you were told to do at one time. Is probably not the way any longer.
Let me diagnose your child.
There’s no easier way to piss a parent off than to try and tell them the diagnosis from a doctor for your child is wrong.
When I asked women in a few of the mommy groups I am part of on Facebook, and on my personal social media accounts things they’ve been told. I was shocked at how many women came forward and told me about people claiming their child’s diagnosis was wrong.
I am going to take a direct quote for the following one.
“You just need to pray harder for the seizures to go away.”
This one. I understand faith, though I may not openly practice any, or talk about a higher power I do or do not believe it. THIS IS NEVER OKAY. My heart hearts for this women. To have a child going through such a serious thing and for some one to tell you, you need to “pray harder” makes me sick to my stomach. This will be one of the only times I let anything political or of anything about faith be in my writings. But, if you ask god for an answer and the scuff at the advancements of medicine. You are spitting on his answer. You asked for an answer and if you believe in god then you believe he creates everything and everyone. Which means he would have created the person WHO MADE THE MEDICAL ADVANCES TO MAKE THE MEDICINE. You do not need to think this same way. But that is where I stand and where I will stand.
Far too many people replied about people being told their child’s autism diagnosis was. “Just ADHD, ADD, they’re just hyper, they’re just spoiled, are you sure something is wrong with them, they will grow out of it… And so many more.
Autism, is more often than not misdiagnosed as something else. Compared to being diagnosed when it is something else. the sooner we can accept this, the sooner we can move forward with people learning to not be so ignorant. There is absolutely nothing wrong with a child being autistic. And quite honestly it is quite harmful in the long run. The worst part is, the more you try to educate people on autism they seem to choose to unlearn anything they did know.
Post-partum depression and all the stigma.
“You don’t need medication it’s just a phase“ “cheer up, you have a beautiful baby, you should be happy.” “post-partum depression is real” “it’s just baby blues get over it”
Before I go any farther. There is absolutely no shame in having or struggling with post-partum depression. If you or someone you know is struggling please talk to a medical professional and seek the help you may need.
post-partum depression is so often looked at as something to be a shamed of, or to hide. When in all actually that is not the case in the slightest. Hiding it or trying to deal with it on your own, will only cause more harm. For more information on post-partum depression read Here.
People want to shove their advice or opinions at you. Whether you choose to smile politely and ignore it, or take the advice. At the end of the day what you choose to do with your children is up to you. You know them best, and their health, the way you raise them, or the decision you make about their life are yours and your partners to make.
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7 thoughts on “Unsolicited parenting advice.”
Postpartum depression is certainly not just a phase!! Love how honest you where! xox
Thank you I try to be as honest as possible it’s important to be!
It’s hard because I know a lot of the unsolicited advice is coming from a good place, but if I don’t ask for it, I don’t want it! Every kid is different, just like every adult is, and while people think something will work because they did it one way doesn’t mean it will for me or that I haven’t tried it. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on all this!
I despise getting unsolicited advice!
Like other moms out there I sometimes got unsolicited advice too. I just smiled and did things my own way.