Ashley Mozingo

Hi everyone! My name is Ashley, and I am a stay at home mom to two girls, Paislee, 3 and Keely, 1. My husband is in the Coast Guard, and is currently stationed at a Coast Guard unit on Camp Lejune. We have been married for five years now and have spent two of those years in Alaska, where Paislee was born, and two in Maine, where we had Keely. We were lucky to get stationed here in 2012, and call North Carolina "home". We were both born and raised in different cities in eastern North Carolina, and we are super excited to get to spend some time here with our girls and introduce them to some of our favorite places that we had as children. Before I met my husband, I attended East Carolina University, where I earned my Bachelors Degree in Communications. I have a love for writing, and a huge passion for being a mom, so I am thrilled to have the opportunity to write about my experiences and exciting moments of this rocky ride that we all call 'Motherhood'.

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Unsolicited Advice

I don’t know why people feel it is necessary to offer unsolicited advice about parenting.  I don’t think anything annoys me more, especially when it comes from someone that is not even a parent themselves.  Telling me how and what to feed my child or when to put my child to sleep is my business.  I know it may not seem like sometimes I know what I am doing, but I do.

For example, I was just in a restaurant the other day and someone walked by and felt it necessary to tell me to feed her more food off the table rather than a bottle.  She obviously didn’t want the bottle anyways.  While she is not incorrect, that she doesn’t want the bottle as her mother I think I know what she needs and she still needs the nutrition from the bottle.  She gets plenty of food from the table.  Plus, she doesn’t need to be introduced to too many different things at one time.

When I became a parent, the one thing I promised myself is that I wouldn’t offer advice to new parents unless they asked for it.  They don’t need me to tell them how to raise their child.  Every child is different and mom and dad know best.  I am not an expert, nor do I claim to be but let me learn from my own mistakes.

Anyone else had someone offer unsolicited advice on parenting?  How did it make you feel?  Does it bother you or is it just me?

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