UN­WEL­COME AD­VICE

Mother & Baby (Australia) - - Real Advice -

Q PEO­PLE KEEP GIV­ING ME AD­VICE ON HOW TO LOOK AF­TER MY BABY, BUT I WANT TO FIND MY OWN WAY. WHAT CAN I DO?

A CHILD PSY­CHOL­O­GIST DR SALLY-ANNE MCCOR­MACK SAYS: They say knowl­edge is power, but as a new par­ent you can of­ten be over­whelmed by the amount of ad­vice you re­ceive, es­pe­cially when some seems con­tra­dic­tory! One way of man­ag­ing this is to use the tech­nique I call ‘coach­ing in pos­i­tives’. Thank the per­son of­fer­ing the ad­vice (be­cause from their point of view they’re be­ing help­ful). Then tell them you’re de­ter­mined to find your own path­way through par­ent­hood and that you’re aware you’ll have ex­pert as­sis­tance when you need it, such as from your doc­tor. End with a pos­i­tive, such as, “I’m glad I have sup­port from you if I need to call on you.”

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