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?
These comebacks are so great for all those people who make rude comments. One of my relatives is always saying mean, snarky things about my children. She doesn’t even have her own child but things she can tell everyone else how to raise their kids.
I would like to see more !
How about Teen’s or Suppose to Call Adults, Bad Mouthing,
Trying to embarras
Likes to Pick
Foul Mouth (language)
Disrepectful for The No. 1 Person who stood up for him against his Dad
Likes to talk back
Wants to be considered as an Adult meaning he has the right to …………..
say what he wants, do what he wants, but no responsability, doesn’t clean up
Doesn’t Help Around the House and yet = Equal???
Kids that are suppose to be considered Adults age 20, act like their shoe size and not what they want as a Hey Grown Up Title
Extremly Who Gives a F . . . . Attitude
I do hope that you realize that it is very hard very hard for Adults to endure all the nasty hatred words- gestures – unkindness – ungrateful
and yet we have to deal with it and just say
Ah well he is my son he is going through!!!
Ok so Who is there for the Parents? Who is there to say We do our Best but still get badmouthed, backstabbing remarks in front of his girlfriend who sits there and laughs trying to hide, and obviously is on her Boyfriends Side, but Hh At the Mothers house Always day in day out food, bathing, staying at my house, because I owe it to them?
I must just say oh well thats ok !
I find that the comeback that works best for responding to strangers’ unsolicited advice is “Excuse me, do I know you?” That usually catches them off guard, and they realize their mistake and back off. 🙂
I like that!
These comebacks are a nice way to get people to realize what they are saying.