Carrie - posted on 08/01/2011 ( 201 moms have responded )
I have 2 1/2 year old boy. From the moment he was born, everyone in my family an opinion on the choices I was making in raising my child. I chose to breastfeed--"Ooh that's so gross, how can you let your child suck on your nipples?" I gave him organic baby food--"You need to let that boy eat rice and gravy and meat!" I chose to stay at home with him--"He should be going to daycare so he can learn to be social with other kids." On so on and on and on.
This is everyone in my immediate family, my mom, stepdad, 2 sisters (one of whom is 18 and has no kids!). And we live blocks away from each other so I can't really escape them.
The latest issue is potty training. My son plays most of the day in the living room so for convenience and quick elimination, that's where I have the potty. Every time he uses it, I dump, clean, and sanitize it. My sisters-- "I can't believe you have him pooping in the living room like a dog. Why are you teaching him to use the bathroom sitting down, you're trying to make him like a girl."
I mean, really, WTF?? I am so sick of all of this crap. Right now nothing would make me happier than to take my family and move far away where no one can see or question how I am raising my son.
Thanks for letting me vent, and I'd be interested to see others' ways to handle VERY unsolicited, and frankly insulting, advice.