Well, you already know by now that I have an adorable daughter. I’ve been getting so much unsolicited advice, ever since she was born, that I am in between deciding whether I should bang my head against the wall or theirs. I have a huge list in my head now, let’s see how much of it I can sanely tell you.
1. Do not say “She/ he is beautiful” and “looks nothing like you, though” in the same freaking sentence. Because a) you’re implying that I put in 9 months of labour, into creating something, and you’re better off not telling me that I wasted my time. b) Because that means I am NOT beautiful. ( NOT something you would say to someone’s face, in my humble opinion.)
2. Do not say “How come she’s lost so much weight?” or ” Aren’t you feeding her properly” ?? I mean did I ask YOU why you’ve put on weight? That’s a very rude thing to do. And probably will put the mother off you for life. Now I get why my mom used to get so pissed when people said – ” Send your daughter to us, we’ll fatten her up!” We mothers do actually care about how little our kids eat, and spend MOST of our time worrying about it. We do not need you to rub it in thankyouverymuch.
3. And don’t even get me started on asking my daughter questions like – “Do you like Mommy OR Daddy the most ?” Why subject such a young child to questions like that? And what are you going to get out of it anyway?
4. If you want to hold her, or him, please ask first. Before randomly taking her from my arms, while she’s screaming her head off- for me. Its NOT done, and no, I don’t find it cute.
5. Don’t give her your coffee. And justify it with – my baby had coffee when she was much younger. There is a reason why I didn’t give her mine when she asked for it. And I set the rules. I mean you’ve had your turn at raising your kid your way, let me have mine.
There are still so many more to go. I think I could write a book on this. But this is it for now, I think. What are your pet peeves?