Has a Stranger Ever Critiqued Your Parenting?

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Has a Stranger Ever Critiqued Your Parenting?
Sun, 04-17-2011 - 10:26am

Since the dawn of time, “well-meaning” bystanders have offered unsolicited advice to tired, overwhelmed, and sleep-deprived parents. “When kids are involved, some people think they have the right to interfere,” says Jan Faull.



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Registered: 11-26-2001
Rebekah, I'm surprised the lights aren't flashing on this post! And your board isn't lit up!

I used to fear what others had to say -- but not anymore.

I was sitting in an airport recently and watching a family with a small child. She was pretty precocious. She was visiting with just about everybody waiting to board. The parents were a bit anxious - hoping she wasn't being a bother. Everyone was doting on her. There was another mom with two small children - one sleeping and the other sitting quietly by her side. However, once we boarded, it was a totally different story! As soon as the planes engines came to life, the sleeping child came to - and screamed at the top of her lungs. What was interesting was no one sitting nearby, complained or asked to move -- a lovely woman across the aisle comforted the child and was able to help out. From my seat further back in the plane, I only heard one derogatory remark about the crying child that morning. The mom, children and her "assistant" for the flight were fast friends by the end of the flight.