As a young mom, I often get lectured by all kinds of people who think they have enough parenting experience or knowhow to tell me how to raise my daughter. Honestly, many do have that credibility and I'm more than happy to learn from the best, but others, well, do not. I know most people just want to be helpful (usually) and I appreciate it most days. However, there are things, as a mom in her 20s, that I'm tired of hearing from other moms, regardless of their intentions or how much motherhood experience they have under their proverbial belt.
When I was pregnant, I was in my sophomore year of college. I had people from my family, my church, my clubs and organizations on campus, my professors, and even my friends give me unsolicited advice. After I had my daughter, it only got worse. The insurmountable amount of information I received came in waves, and it was difficult to determine which suggestions were helpful and which ones were, well, not. I quickly learned that I had to stand firm and just ignore any unwanted advice but I can't lie and say it was easy, because it wasn't.
Even though I learned to implement this technique and it has served me well since, there are still times that I receive unwanted advice from other, older, more "experienced" moms. I know I'm not alone, so if we could all just collectively agree that the following things won't be said to moms in their 20s anymore, that would be awesome.