Belinda - posted on 01/04/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )
My grandfather has just passed away and I have to travel 15 hours by car and then stay at my MIL's. This way I can be around to help out and of course attend the funeral. The problem is she really disagrees (and other family members too) with the way we parent especially with the way we teach our children to sleep. My husband and I are very grounded in gentle and compassionate forms of helping our children learn to sleep. (A two year old who mostly sleeps through the night and a 4 month old who can wake anywhere from 3 times to 10+ times a night) We also don't let our children cry when they are awake. We help my 2 year old through her tantrums and never let her get all worked up.
I know my MIL will be watching us like a hawk and she'll hear us at night. I am quite confident in telling her how I feel about our parenting style, in a caring and respectful manner, but I was just wanting some intelligent simple sentences I can 'parrot' to her when she (and others) make their comments. I am sure if I read through this community I would find lots of lovely ways to say what I want but I am lazy – no that’s not true - I actually pressed for time. Thanks in advance :)