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I Don't Need Your Unsolicited Parenting Advice. Thank You Very Much.

Little Bean outside in the sun. Gasp!

This weekend was BEAUTIFUL. I mean Saturday was a stellar day. Warm but not hot. Sunny but not blinding. Breezy but not windy. You couldn’t ask for better weather. Days like this just beg to be taken advantage of.

So me and the husband packed up the kids and headed out to run some errands, one of which was hitting a garden center to pick up some vegetable seedlings and potting soil for my “garden.”

Our first stop was a quick run into Target to pick up a few stock items. The garden center is the neighboring store but it’s a bit of a hike away. The husband wanted to drive over but I already had little bean out of the carrier so I said, “Why don’t me and the boys walk. You take the car and I’ll meet you in front.”

We do this all the time. It’s my little way of sneaking in some activity on busy days.

The walk takes all but 5-6 minutes. We arrive at the packed garden center and immediately little old ladies start swooning over my 6 weeks-old. Meanwhile I hear another woman in passing say in a VERY snippy voice…

“You better get that baby out of the sun.”

My, almost unconscious, reply was, “I think a little sun and fresh air will do him good, but thanks for your concern,” said in the same condescending tone she gave me. I mean we were outside for 5 MINUTES! Not that it should matter.

I don’t know what’s worse, the passive-aggressive baby talk or the snotty spewing of parenting advice in passing. I don’t mind advice and I love hearing people’s opinions but why so rude? ugh.

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