I don’t think there’s another area of life that people are so willing to stick their noses into as parenting. Not just well-meaning friends and family members, but the checkout person at Tesco. Old men on the bus. The woman across from you at the cafe. Everyone has an opinion on how you should be raising your baby. And whether you’re breast or bottle feeding, cosleeping or sleep training, someone’s going to think you’re doing it wrong.
Not to mention rude. Unsolicited parenting advice is always rude. Don’t give it. Just don’t.
As part of my blessingway ceremony I asked the women in my life to offer their words of wisdom about becoming a mama.
My best friend’s mom told me something that has really stuck with me: “Don’t be afraid to say ‘This is what works for our family,’ and end the conversation.”
So simple. So powerful.
You don’t owe anyone explanations or rationalizations.
It’s so tempting to get sucked into a conversation or feel like you have to justify your choices, but you don’t. You were gifted this incredible, fierce intuition. Trust it. If it works for your family, that’s all that matters.
Have you been given any parenting advice that you’ve found helpful (rather than annoying)? I’d love to hear!