Now I realise I may be preaching to the converted here, but this is something that’s been bugging me for a while, so I figure it’s probably been bugging a few of you too.
My opinions are valid. Oh yes, I went there.
. It doesn’t mean that I think they are a brat, just that they’re being a brat right now. You may disagree with my opinion, you may not want to hear it, and that’s fine. But I am allowed to have that opinion. You’re not the boss of me.
Trust me, I’m not going to share my opinion about your bratty child, unless you ask me for it. In which case, all bets are off. And you cannot. Absolutely. Can. Not. Ask me for my opinion, and then tell me I don’t know what I’m talking about because I don’t have kids.
And if you do ask for my opinion, then maybe you should consider its value before you dismiss it. You’re right, I don’t know what it’s like, I don’t have children of my own. But maybe that’s why my advice might actually be helpful. I can look at the situation, the behaviour, the whatever, from an outside point of view. As a person who’s not so emotionally invested, or at their wits end, or just plain knackered.
And while we’re on the subject. I do know what it’s like to be tired. I don’t have children. But I do have health problems, work stress, family troubles, money worries and sleepless nights. Yup. The causes might be different, but I still have them. And my causes are just as valid, as important to me, and as relevant as yours.
PS: To all my friends and family, just so we’re clear, I’m not thinking of any child in particular here, okay? Obviously, none of your children are brats, would behave in a bratterly way, or would ever display even remotely bratlike behaviour. Your husbands and partners are a different story. Please let me know if you would like my opinion on them.