How many times have you gone into the grocery store for one specific item and end up leaving with $200 worth of groceries minus that one item? I go to the grocery store almost every day to pick up that one item forgotten on a previous trip, and oftentimes I leave with something a little extra I didn’t go there for — unsolicited parenting advice. Not just any unwelcome unsolicited advice — the passive, backseat-driving kind of advice that’s directed at your kid but meant for you.
It doesn’t just happen at the grocery store; it happens anywhere when I’m out with just me and the kids. Strangely, it doesn’t happen when my husband is with me, at least not as often. Maybe I just have one of those faces that invites unwelcome comments.
Do they think I don’t know that my baby is sockless and my son is acting like a hooligan? Of course I do. I’ve already scolded him. But some people can’t resist. Have mercy on a mother (or father) trying to shop while controlling two kids fighting swords with loaves of French bread.
So just like how no one likes listening to a backseat driver telling you how to drive, no parent likes unsolicited advice from a stranger, even if he/she has a point.