Wie man mit kritischen Stimmen umgehen kann.
Wer kennt sie nicht, die verständnislosen Blicke von Müttern, Omas, Freunden oder wem auch immer?
„Wie lange willst Du stillen? – Zwei Jahre? – Aber wo bleibst Du bei all dem?“
„Was, soll Deine Tochter immer noch bei Euch schlafen, wenn sie zur Schule geht? Du weisst, Du kriegst sie nie mehr raus aus dem Bett.“ (So,weiss ich das?)
In diesem englischen Blog habe ich folgende Strategie gefunden:
It’s something I’ve learned in my years of parenting using alternative ideas. The specifics may change, but the principal doesn’t. When setting boundaries, people (often moms) typically confuse setting the boundary with trying to convince the other person about how right they are in needing to set the boundary. In setting boundaries, we don’t need to convince the other person we are right and they don’t have to agree about the boundary. We just need to be prepared to enforce the boundary, at any cost, using progressively more firm responses (if need be).
I’ve found new moms often confuse boundaries and trying to convince someone of the *rightness* of their choices.
The best thing is to assert your boundary and *not* try to defend your choice.
Some family and close friend help…..
First, I learned early on that most of my choices were on a „need to know“ basis. Most people don’t „need to know“. If asked „how is the baby sleeping?“ Answer: Great! Thanks for asking! Want some bean dip?
„Are you sure you should be picking her up every time she cries?“ Answer:“Yes! Thank you! Want some bean dip?“
„When do you plan to wean“ Answer: „When she’s ready. Thanks! Want some bean dip?“
Now, with some people you will need to set *firm* boundaries. They will need to be backed up with action (like hanging up, leaving the room or even the event). If it’s a pattern of intrusion, for example. Practice kind but firm responses:
„I know you love us and the baby. We are so glad. Our sleeping choices have been researched and made. I will not discuss it again“
Also, don’t confuse setting boundaries with trying to convince someone of the rightness of your choices. New AP moms often struggle with this. The boundary is that no one else has a right to tell you how to parent and create a hostile environment. You set boundaries by doing the above. Where new moms often invite problems is by citing authors, studies and sites to „defend“ themselves. Each time you do so, you create more time for discussion and rebuttal and send the message that your decisions are up for debate. Don’t defend your choices beyond generalities, and then only once or twice. „The doctor is in support of our choices. Want some bean dip?“
Finally, look them in the eye and say simply „I want us to have a good relationship. I want you to *enjoy* the baby. I’ll parent the baby – you enjoy them. Let’s not discuss this anymore. If you bring it up, I will leave the room.“
Fazit: nicht sich verteidigen, sondern Grenzen setzen
In diesem Sinne: „Noch einen Latte?“