10 Daily Mom-to-Be Meditations

Unsolicited Advice

There is nothing which we receive with so much reluctance as advice. -- Joseph Addison

It's hard to know how to react when your best friend repeatedly warns you of the dangers of medication during birth, when your partner lectures you on prenatal nutrition, or when your mother sends you the latest study on the dangers of daycare.

You don't want to be rude. But nine times out of 10 you don't want to hear it, either.

What can you do? First, consider the source. It's one thing to listen to straightforward, respectful opinions from your partner. It's another thing to mutely accept unsolicited advice from family members, friends, acquaintances, or strangers with agendas that have more to do with their issues than your welfare.

Don't be afraid to take a stand when you need to. Simply say, "Thanks for your input, but I'd rather not discuss it."

Affirmation: I'll decide what I do and don't need to hear.

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