You wanna know what really gets my goat?  I mean, you know, aside from people that say things like “gets my goat.”  I really can’t stand people that offer unsolicited parenting advice.  And, yes, I know that I’ve been known to dispense my own unsolicited advice, but sometimes it really just bothers me.

The other day I was talking to someone about my morning and I mentioned Regan’s alarm clock going off and the person immediately went into a tangent about how Regan shouldn’t have an alarm clock.  “She’s got her whole life to have to wake up to an alarm clock.  You should get her up!”

Ummmm…excuse me?  Why are you criticizing how I structure my morning routine?  You don’t know my struggle!  And, b-t-dubs, there is nothing wrong with a child having an alarm clock.  It not only helps her learn to tell time, but creates structure in the morning so I can get her to school in time for breakfast and get myself to work on time.

There are so many things I wanted to say, but on this particular occasion, I just shrugged it off when I really wanted to just say, “who asked you?”

Do you get unsolicited advice from well-meaning and not-so-well-meaning individuals?  How do you handle it?

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4 Responses to Beeswax

  1. Disco Diva says:

    That person probably is always late to stuff. I see nothing wrong with an alarm clock for a child.

    And yes…I have received and I am sure given unsolicited advice. I try not to (especially on kids/marriage) because people trip! But…sometimes I can’t help it! It’s always done in love in light though! :)

  2. Petite Pearl says:

    I’m with you. I hate this kind of talk. In fact, I’ve been trying to get Sid up on time. I think I’m going to get him an alarm clock. He will love it!!

  3. K says:

    I really like it (NO NOT AT ALL) when my childless, 25 year old brother tries to correct what Ezra is doing.

    Fool, please.

    I wouldn’t be a good sister if I wouldn’t be waiting to bring this up and laugh at him when he has his own children.

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