Today – 5 Super Ways to Respond When People Criticize Your Parenting Techniques
Becoming a parent for the first time can be a fulfilling, magical experience- that’s true. But what’s even more true is the fact that it is also one of the hardest jobs ever. The worst, however, isn’t that. It is that when in the midst of all the confusion, you finally discover the right parenting strategy or technique that has been working for you, and then someone- a friend or a family member, comes in and starts criticizing you.
If that’s something you can relate to, here’s a bit of help.
Ways to Respond When People Criticize Your Parenting Techniques
Read on to discover some super effective ways to respond when people criticize your parenting techniques.
Setting boundaries is incredibly important when it comes to any relationship. If someone offers you advice about your parenting technique, before you react, ask yourself if it was in the right spirit and for your benefit, or deliberately meant to be brash and harsh. If the comment didn’t have the right motive, you might have to start setting boundaries.
The next time you feel someone didn’t pass that comment as a help to you, open up about how you don’t appreciate them commenting, and excuse yourself.
Tell Them You’ll Consider It
If you’re facing someone who’s a control freak, and they seem to have an idea about how you should be doing every teeny tiny parenting task that you’re doing, there’s no point in actually arguing with them. Just tell them you’ll consider it, or try that piece of advice, and put an end to the conversation.
Change the Subject
If your batty aunt has a lot to say about why your 3 year old isn’t potty trained yet, and you’re looking for a good comeback, there’s no better way to do that than to change the subject. This simple trick can work wonders especially when it comes to dealing with close ones you don’t really want to offend, but still want them to get the point and not bother you with unnecessary advice.
Ways to Respond When People Criticize Your Parenting Techniques? Do What You (Or the Pediatrician Says)
Another super effective way to tackle people who criticize your parenting techniques is to tell them that you’re actually doing what your paediatrician has told you to. There’s no one who can have the right advice about your parenting techniques and your child’s needs than your paediatrician, and it is impossible for someone to counteract their advice and opinions.
Listen With Your Mouth Closed
Parenting can be really stressful, especially for new moms, and when they’re bombarded with advice left and right, they can often become defensive, to say the least. Before you open your mouth to counteract someone’s suggestion, wait and listen up. Try to think whether their comment or advice is actually practical? Is it coming from someone who’s been there, done that?
Don’t try to justify your parenting choices all the time. Sometimes, introspection and pondering are needed too, even if you feel like you’re doing everything right, and have put all the effort into making sure you’re the best parent.
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