5 Smart Ways To Deal With Nosey Aunties And Other People Who Doubt Your Parenting Skills
If there's anything that comes free in India, it has to be parenting advice. And it starts the moment your baby is born
If there's anything that comes free in India, it has to be parenting advice. And it starts the moment your baby is born.
From what you should be feeding your baby, to how you should be holding him to how to breastfeed, your neighbourhood aunty has an advice on everything and many a times you have no choice but to listen to them.
But, you can be a little smart and handle them better. Start with these five cool ways:
1 Engage them
Yes, don't let them do all the talking. An idle mind is a devil's workshop and the only way to stop the devil from pouncing on you is by getting them involved. Ask them to help you with feeding the baby and handling it better. How about asking them to help you burp the baby after the feeding is over?
2. Know where to draw the line
If you don't like them discussing about something, tell them. You don't need to listen about topics that are too personal for you and the best way would be to say no, especially when it comes to talks related to breastfeeding and stuff.
3. Give them back
And then there are some who are always interested in how much milk you are producing and what all you are doing to boost your milk supply. At such times, the best bet is to throw a question back at them. You can simply ask- But why do you want to know?
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4. Change the subject, from parenting to some other subject they may not like to talk about
If 1, 2, 3 don't seem to work, start complimenting them and ask what's going on in their life. Look extremely interested and keep dropping words like 'wow' and 'how nice' in between to signal that you are enjoying the conversation.
5. Get Busy
If all else fails and you really don't know how to handle their queries, pretend to be busy. WhatsApp your friend and ask her to call you and then just walk out of the room pretending that the call is an urgent one by saying a polite excuse me! Other things that you could do is by taking your baby for a diaper-change or a feeding session.