An opinionated brother

C - posted on 06/25/2015 ( 2 moms have responded )

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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!

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Raye - posted on 06/26/2015

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Your brother doesn't get a "say so" in your kid's behavior unless (as Dove said) there is an immediate need to correct them due to dangerous activity. If he wants to set rules for his home, he can communicate those rules to you and you can enforce them while you're there. If he's watching them without you there, then he should be able to correct them (by providing guidance, but not "punish" them). He has absolutely no say in what happens in your home, and if he's uncomfortable then by all means he doesn't have to come over. Sounds like your brother is full of himself and needs to back off and let you parent your own children.

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