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How Do You Get Your Family to Accept Your Parenting Choices?

By Danielle |

What has been your battle?

When it comes to parenting – new parents have so many different choices to make from the get-go. Some do more research than others and some are more secure in the choices. It is just something that comes with the territory.

Some parents are very confident in the choices they have made for their children, but there is always that dreaded word that sends all those choices into a tizzy. F-A-M-I-L-Y!

I think we have all been there. Family questioning our decision, pushing us in the direction of choices they favor or want for some reason. I was lucky enough when I had my older children my mom didn’t really push in one way or another.

I got some outside comments about breastfeeding and sharing the responsibility, and when I started to cloth diaper people looked at me like I had three heads – but they were our choices and our children and we had to deal with them. No one was coming over to take care of our kids for us so their input didn’t matter.

I was always curious how others dealt with backlash from their family.

So this week I just asked and it seems like the overwhelming majority of parents just flat out don’t give a rats ass what outsiders or family members think about their choice in diapers or feeding.

I think it is a great thing! Not because it may sound completely disrespectful to family members but I can totally see overbearing family trying to boss new moms into choices they want nothing to do with. It is great to see them standing their ground and being secure in the choices they are making for their family, and future family!

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Dealing with Judgmental Family

Do they value your relationship?

Most family members will back off out of respect if they value your relationship.
Melissa shared her input expressing that her family often doesn't accept her parenting choices, but also said "I just let them know if they value our relationship they will just keep their opinions to themselves."
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One thought on “How Do You Get Your Family to Accept Your Parenting Choices?

  1. Jude Strib says:

    I do the thank you and ignore it thing. But I admit, it still hurts. It upsets me that they were allowed to make their choices and mistakes but they don’t want the same for us.

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