unsolicited advice

by Lois
(Fairfield, CA USA)

My son insists that we, as his parents, are disrespecting him by not listening to his unsolicited advice. I disagree. I believe that he is disrespecting, and bullying us, by pressing his opinion on us. Then when he doesn't get his way, he refusing to help us by doing something that we genuinely need his help in doing . I believe that no one is obligated to listen, or do what they ask, if we don't choose to. We have a free will choice.A public official, or a member of a joint committee, is obligated to give a couple of examples. Just because you have something to say doesn't mean that you have a RIGHT to say it, or that you should.

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by: Ms P Etiquette

Lois,

Your last sentence stated my answer very well. Unsolicited advice is rude. Children insisting their parents take this unsolicited advice is bullying. Your son sounds spoiled and thoughtless. Don’t let him push you around, however, discuss your feelings with him if he will allow this. Listen to his feelings on the topic and come to a compromise, if possible.

Good luck with this one!

Ms Practical Etiquette

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