This is something I feel strongly about and on that basis there are two things i need to be upfront with. First, i have used shouty capitals a bit – sorry. Second, this is my shortest ever post, done specifically that way on the basis that ‘less is more’ – more likely to get read by more people.
So here goes….the five rules of giving parenting advice.
Rule 1 – NEVER think you have the answer. There isn’t AN answer!
Rule 2 – If you don’t have kids – be quiet. Harsh, but true.
Rule 3 – ALWAYS caveat what you’re saying clearly with – this is from my experience, this is my view etc
Rule 4 – DO NOT JUDGE. You can have an opinion but parenting is a personal thing – a personal style and personal choices. You won’t know the other person’s child like they do, so you won’t have the full picture.
[Clearly there are some things that are right or wrong like not feeding your child or locking them under the stairs harry potter style, but obviously I’m not talking about those things.]
Rule 5 – NEVER EVER GIVE ADVICE UNLESS THE PERSON BLOODY WELL ASKS FOR IT!
Enough said. #thatisall