An opinionated brother

C - posted on 06/25/2015 ( 1 mom has responded )




My older brother recently opened up to me that he doesn't feel comfortable coming over to our house or having us over to his house because he doesn't agree with how the hubby and I are raising our children. He wants to have more of a "say so" in their behavior. He wants to have the authority to correct them in doing what he believes is the right thing. I don't feel comfortable nor does the hubby in allowing him to do so because he's mean and down talks them. I love my brother and his family but I think he's the one with the problem. He needs to focus on his own life and keep his negative and exaggerated opinions to himself. Am I wrong? Help!


Beth Ann - posted on 06/25/2015




I can't think that you or your husband are abusing the kids in any way --- ? What are typical instances where your brother thinks you're handling things the wrong way? Parenting is hard enough as it is but to do it with someone so critical around - makes it even harder. He's just your brother -- why on earth does he think he should have input? Maybe it's for the best that he wants to stay away. Just see them for big family events. At least he takes an interest?

One practical bit of advice - make sure you and your husband GET A WILL written up right away --- in which you name the people who would take guardianship of your children should both you and your huband die or be severely disabled. You don't want to let this thing go the way of chance.

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