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What do you say to people who try to tell you how to raise your child?

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Asked by Anonymous at 6:46 PM on Nov. 21, 2009 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • Usually I would just smile and nod. That usually bugs the shit out of them, because it's also accompanied by a blank stare.

    Answer by EireLass at 6:47 PM on Nov. 21, 2009

  • I smile and nod as well when the advice is not asked for... or I will say "what makes you say that..." or if they are being super nosey I will say "why do you ask".. always very nicely and always with a smile- it makes them think before they say anything again and its non-confrontational....

    Answer by wildboyz1994 at 7:07 PM on Nov. 21, 2009

  • No one tells me how to raise our boys.. I do a fine job of it and are usually asked how I do it. After they ask I tell them I only do what's best for our boys, I'm not about to tell anyone the right or wrong thing to do for their kids..

    Answer by MrsLeftlane at 7:10 PM on Nov. 21, 2009

  • I ask them when I should ship the kids to their house.

    Answer by TiccledBlue at 7:18 PM on Nov. 21, 2009

  • "Huh no wonder your sons in jail and your daughters a stripper"

    Answer by ArmyWife112908 at 7:36 PM on Nov. 21, 2009

  • eye rollingTiccledBlue: tee, hee, hee!  My MIL tried once, I simply walked away.


    Answer by jonosmama at 7:39 PM on Nov. 21, 2009

  • I offer to let them take him and see if they can do better....

    Answer by mommymeg03 at 7:48 PM on Nov. 21, 2009

  • It depends on the person for me. If it is someone who has children and who I think is really just trying to help, I will be polite and just say thank you. If its someone who doesnt have a clue what its like to be a parent, I usually just laugh in their face and tell them to stfu.

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:58 PM on Nov. 21, 2009

  • I would tell them to mid there own dang business and ask them if they wanted to raise two boys with ADHD and a girl with an attitued and walk off.

    Answer by suzanneb at 8:22 PM on Nov. 21, 2009

  • I generally smile and thank them for their advice and then do whatever I feel is best.

    Answer by Amaranth361 at 8:22 PM on Nov. 21, 2009

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