Checklist: What to Consider When Given Unwelcome Parenting Advice

When a stranger, relative, or other mommy friend offers you parenting pointers, remember this: Your strengths as a mother will be different from anyone else's. Keep these ideas in mind when considering their advice.

___ Recognize there are pros and cons to every approach or method.

___ Realize that trends -- even in parenting -- change.

___ Speak up if a situation or person makes you uncomfortable.

___ Consider the source carefully.

___ Don't be afraid to ask for help if you need it.

___ Don't be afraid to say no if you don't.

___ Tuck the information in your back pocket. You never know when it might come in handy.

Excerpted from the Ages & Stages weekly baby newsletter, Week 17.

Originally published on, March 2006.

All content here, including advice from doctors and other health professionals, should be considered as opinion only. Always seek the direct advice of your own doctor in connection with any questions or issues you may have regarding your own health or the health of others.

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