Not So Nice Advice

I’ve been wondering lately if people give advice to be nice or just to feel better about themselves.  We’ve been having trouble with our son and getting him to eat.  I won’t go into the details here, but it’s not just that he won’t eat his veggies.  It’s a stressful situation for us and sometimes the only thing that helps is venting to friends. But every time I do this I get unsolicited advice about the foods I should try or about how I should stir in sweet potatoes into his mac and cheese (if only he’d eat mac and cheese!) and it leaves me feeling more frustrated then when I started. Do people really think they’re being helpful? “We have tried everything,” I want to scream “Didn’t you just hear what I said?” Or is it bigger than that – have we stopped really listening to one another?

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