Tired of My Sister's Critiquing of My Parenting
Q: My sister and I couldn’t be more different if we tried. It was never a big deal until we both became moms. She had her son first and now that mine is about 3 (hers is 5), she feels she has this need to critique my method of parenting. I don’t know if she is just trying to be the wiser older sister and believes she knows best because her son is older than mine; but, I think she’s a terrible mom! I look at her son with pity and of the victim he will be when he gets older because she shelters him from everything. Is there a way to tell her “Thanks but keep your opinions to yourself!
A: I don’t know the level of communication you have with your sister but I would recommend starting with the sandwich method. First the bread: “I am sure you want the best for me and you’ve got two years on me being a mom and you probably just want to make sure happy and successful.” Then the meat: “But – it really rubs me the wrong way, hurts my feelings, don’t work for me – doesn’t bring me closer to you when you talk about my parenting. Last piece of bread: “So would really work for me if we didn’t talk about each other’s parenting styles, we just hung out, had a good time, and let our kids get to know each other.”
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