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?