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?