Raising children isn’t for the faint of heart. Making an 18-year commitment to emotionally support a child is not something that everyone has the strength to do.
For some reason, strangers feel comfortable making outrageous comments to moms about their kids and parenting skills. It seems like no mother is immune from these intruders, who offer their unwanted parenting advice to their unsuspecting victims.
When you become a parent, you don’t have a say in whom you will parent. You have no idea whom you will move in with for the next 18 years. Your child might go through a stage of throwing wild tantrums, or they might be a model child.
I have a friend who has two kids. When one of her girls was younger, she used to have wild tantrums, up to twenty a day. People who didn’t have difficult children acted as if they were almost morally superior to my friend.
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As a parent of a difficult child, you may feel the judgment of others, and you may even feel ostracized by other moms. Some folks think you need to discipline your child more when you might be dealing with things like autism or other medical conditions.
If you have had enough, the next time someone gives you unsolicited parenting advice, here are a few snappy comebacks that you can use.
Top ten comebacks for unsolicited parenting advice
- Thanks for the unsolicited advice about how to raise my teen. Call me when you actually have one.
- Next time I need an unsolicited and uninformed opinion I will know where to go.
- I love unsolicited parenting advice, especially when it comes from someone who doesn’t have children!
- Unless your name is Google, stop acting like you know everything.
- Unsolicited advice is like somebody singing out of tune. Nobody wants to hear it.
- I don’t base my decisions on advice from people who don’t have to deal with the results.
- Just because you raised a kid doesn’t mean you should be giving parenting advice….
- I didn’t realize you were an expert on my life and how I should live it! Continue while I take notes.
- Perfect parents do exist but they don’t have kids yet!
- When did you get a PHD in parenting?
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When you are dealing with someone who gives unsolicited parenting advice and you find it stressful, consider getting support from a professional. Talking to a counselor is a great way to work through a challenging situation, and help you find some strategies to work through the person’s behaviour.
Better Help is a great resource where you can talk to a counselor from the comfort of your own home.
Taking care of your own needs isn’t selfish, and you will feel better in the long run.