Let it Go, Let it Flow: 7 People You Should Pick Your Battles With

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Your parents and grandparents (when you have a child)

Ah parents, parents, parents. So knowing, so loving, so… sometimes extremely critical. They never really seem to know the answers to the questions that you want, but have all the answers to questions that you never ask. This seems even more apparent when you have a child. Your parents might not remember what foods they used to help transition you, how they got you to nap, or what they did to help you go to sleep at night, but they definitely have an opinion on when you’re changing your child’s diaper too much, if they don’t like the snack you’re giving your child, or if there’s something wrong about your child not talking… by the time they’re 12 months old. However, as much as you would like to just tell your parents to “shut the [expletive] up,” the simple truth is, they mean no harm and they honestly just want to offer you their pearls of expertise… even though you didn’t ask. So instead of going off, just nod politely and smile; you might actually learn something helpful. I mean, they did raise you, and you turned out fine… I hope.

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