I was thrilled to be asked to be a guest blogger this week over at A Dish of Daily Life.  The topic?  Dealing with Unwanted Parenting Advice.  Michelle (the awesome gal from A Dish of Daily Life) has already written the first article in the series.  You can read it here:  Dealing with Parenting Advice from Strangers.  If you’re a parent, chances are you’ve had to deal with a stranger’s comment–whether to your face or within earshot.  Seems like everyone has an opinion…How do you handle a stranger’s unsolicited advice?

unwanted parenting adviceMy article can be found here:  How to Handle Unsolicited Parenting Advice. Or, click on the image to the left.  A huge thank you goes to Michelle for this wonderful opportunity!  Go check out her blog and her article!  And give some comment love for goodness sake!  We bloggers love, love, love to hear from you and to connect with you!

By the way, as a coach and a counselor, part of my job is not only to listen but to occasionally give advice–when asked for!  I take this to heart and also use this in my personal life as well.  Advice is always better taken when it is asked for.  Unsolicited advice?  Not a good idea.  If you have the need to preach, make sure you have permission to do so.  Otherwise, respect goes a long way.  Unless you feel it is harmful to the child in some way, keep your judgments to yourself.  It is always better to “spread the love” anyway, don’t you think?  Don’t you think a parent that is frazzled needs some words of encouragement instead of words that harm?  Words that harm or words that heal?  You have the power to make a difference in others’ lives.  Make the choice that empowers others, not puts them down.  Okay, end of speech. 🙂

A bit of “housekeeping”:  I’ve had to eliminate most of the articles I pulled from our website over at selfgrowth.me because of my concern about Google penalizing me for the same content.  Originally, they were placeholders for when my website crashed last month.  I don’t wish to incur the wrath of Google in my attempt to fill up the pages with informative and helpful articles so I’ll write some more, week by week in their place.  I could share with you my papers on marriage and family therapy as I progress through my schoolwork.  Anyone interested in diversity in the workplace or the history and future of the field?  Anyone?  Hello?