It just seems that so many people believe that they can give expert advice simply because they have worked with children or have been around them. I'm sure that every parent will agree that being around children and having children that you are responsible for 24/7 are two different things.
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Mistyhorizon2003 I understand your point and it has been well recieved but being a single mother and having so much pressure on me as it is, what I need is for someone to support and encourage me rather than discourage me with constant critiques.
Perhaps the secret is for those people not to be so 'critical' and more attempt to 'guide' the parent in the right directions. Like with any advice, the best way to treat it is 'if it feels right go with it' and 'if it feels wrong cast it to one side
Misty, a thousand applauses. One does not have to be a parent to know about child dynamics. All of us WERE children once so WE know, end of story. What old fashioned ideas some people have. Really, now .
Anamika, thanks for your answer. Very interesting... I appreciate opinions and advice but even moreso when I actually ask for them. I think that sometimes people ought to evaluate if it's their place or not to point out a mistake.
Jan, the premise that one must have children to know about children is a totally atavistic one. There are childfree people who are MORE AWARE of children than parents are. People who think this way are OLD-FASHIONED and UNAWARE.
Celiegirl- The fact that I know my child better than anyone else is what I hang my hat on. That said, even with all the good advice in the world I am still going to make mistakes so I do my best and let God handle the rest. Thanks for your answer!
Excellent answer, there are childfree people who love and care about children. Just because people are childfree does not mean that they do not know anything about children. All of us were children, most growing up in a family atmosphere.
LOL! So true Collisa.
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Thanks TahoeDoc- I couldn't agree with this statement more.