It is really annoying when EVERYONE has something to say about your parenting skills.
Because I am the youngest girl in my family, and because I am a first time mama, people around me seem to feel that I am in constant need of coaching.
"The milk is too hot, he is not wearing enough layers, he is hungry, he is thirsty, he should take a nap now..." and the opinions just keep coming.
On most days, I tolerate the comments and either kindly decline their coaching or do what they are asking me to do.
Today however was different; Yousef has been sick for about 4 days with a virus that resulted in dehydration. Two days ago, I needed to rush him to the ER for some IV fluids, it was not a pretty sight.
Luckily, his appetite has improved and the vomiting ended but as expected, he is still pale and a bit drained out of energy. My mom, who loves and worries about him deeply, started blaming me for not taking him for an IV injection again. When I explained that he has improved and a bit of fatigue is normal, she blamed me again for taking a wrong decision. That's when I exploded and used the "he is my son and I know what is best for him" response.
I feel terrible however, I cannot tolerate the interference any more. There are only 2 women I turn to when I have a question, I'll keep them anonymous :)
Should I be honest with the people that interfere and simply tell them how I feel or would that be rude and hurtful?