How to React to Unsolicited Parenting Advice (Without Exploding!)

In my previous post, I discussed people giving parenting advice. But those lessons aren’t learned overnight.

In the meantime, you might have to endure such gems as:

“Only ten pounds at four weeks? You should start feeding her cereal.”

“I don’t see what all the fuss is about — if your newborn can sleep at night on his stomach, let him!”

“Back in my day, [insert any comment whatsoever here].”

“But where am I supposed to find castor oil?”


If I had a nickel for each time I heard things like that, I’d have a lot of nickels. But since that’s not how any of this works, here are some helpful ways to cope with unsolicited parenting advice:

Stare it out

I do this a lot — stare off to the side and just pretend you heard nothing

“I’m not a fan of pacifiers; they’re not good for babies. I didn’t use them when you were little.”

Stare

Get up and walk away

I’m a grown man. Just as I have the right not to be exposed to radiation or tuna casserole, I don’t need to be exposed to awkwardness caused by unsolicited advice.

What kind of Similac are you using? You guys should really be using Similac. Why aren’t you using Similac?”

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Smile and nod

A civil choice for civil people.

“You should really be feeding her every 2 hours until about 16 weeks so she’ll put on extra weight.”

matthew-perry-agree-nod

“Yeah, I’ll consider it.”

“You should establish a bedtime routine once she’s out of the womb.”

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But whatever you do: DO NOT ENGAGE

“So, what do you think about putting a bumper around your crib? Or a little bit of rubbing alcohol on her gums when she’s teething?”

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