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January 26, 2004

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Pewari

Ah... but toddlers are easier for another reason - you're too busy just being glared at for their misbehaviour for them to have a chance to offer any real advice ;)

Sandie

I was a mom at 25, which is above the national average, but here in NYC it's akin to being a teenage mother. This used to happen to me all the time when my son was an infant. Now that he's a toddler, it's a bit better.

Pewari

Agree with Chasmyn that it's not just younger-looking people - some people are just very rude.

Mind you, I can cope with those better (i.e. I can be rude back) than the dear little old lady who tried to give my then 1-year-old a hard boiled sweet in a shop without telling me!!!

Emily

This has always bothered me as well.

Chasmyn

Oh honey, believe me, it's not just for younger-looking people. Anyone who isn't you will feel free to give anyone else mothering advice, no matter where you are. It's not your age, it's the fact that they always know more than you do. They don't mean for it to seem like that, they just don't think. I think people just figure anyone with only one child must be new and inexperienced, and for some reason that also allows them to give unsolicited advice when and wherever they please. Consider it a hazard of motherhood.

The thing I've always hated is people thinking that it is okay to touch children without the permission of the parents - people just coming up to my son in public and putting their grubby hands on him, which freaked out both him and me. Goddess knows where those hands have been! Ick!

I would just let it roll off of you and try not to react too much. It isn't personal, believe me. Those kinds of people are going to do that to everyone.

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