I am among those parents who have received criticism, from relatives, church members, pediatricians, strangers in the grocery store, and the list goes on and on. The criticism, thankfully, has died down since my second child joined the family - I guess people think that if I have two kids, I must know a little something about parenting...or maybe I just learned to tune the critics out.
Lately, I've been receiving criticism from members of my church, specifically those of the older generations, about my lack of spanking. Yet, these same people comment on how happy and loving my children are!
It irritates me to no end to hear people go on and on about how spanking is the only effective way to discipline, but then when I point out how my family uses positive discipline, they don't want to hear anything of it. I'm not berating them and accusing them of child abuse...just trying to explain the flip side of the coin. For a long time, I've learned to just ignore these pro-spanking critics, but now, they've become more brazen and are confronting me with my lack of proper "discipline," aka spanking. I really enjoy this church, but to be honest, these in-your-face pro-spankers are starting to push me away.
The problem is, I can't just switch churches to get away from them. While my mom has long given up the argument, other relatives haven't and seem to enjoy trying to get me into a spanking debate with them.
So, how are you able to deal with the outspoken pro-spankers in your life?