(Closed) How would you tell someone they're a crap parent?

posted 6 years ago in Parenting
Post # 3
1348 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I’d say, ‘what you’ve been doing isn’t working, it can’t hurt to try ___ instead’.

Post # 4
438 posts
Helper bee

I think this is a hard one, and I imagine you will end up getting the whole ‘You don’t have children so how do you know, you’re not a mom’ speech again. I would just leave it until you are asked for advice. If I was your friend and I had a trained person like your self in your field I would be asking all sorts of advice. I plan on doing it when I have kids to my best friend who is a children’s nurse, I think I will drive her crazy haha!

And try not to let it get you down, i know it’s hard because you just want to help and see the child happier, but some people just don’t want to help. 🙁 xx

Post # 5
1430 posts
Bumble bee

maybe if you put it in a way like this.. ” At work I had a little girl who was similar to your daughter and there are some things that her parents did with her that made a big improvement.They were really happy and wish they had started that sooner.  If you want I can go over some of those things with you?”

Just a thought!

Post # 6
701 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2004

i really think that this is not for you to make comments. its her kid to raise as she knows best. i dont think you should go in saying you know all because you are blah blah blah, but instead you should use that information to talk to her. eg:

i was reading the other day about how hard it is when kids do certain things and they said that trying this way could make it easier, im not sure if it would work, have you tried anything like that?? “

but do this when there isnt an issue. that way it makes it seem as if it isnt you pushing your mothering skills on to them. i think thats really important. she is the parent, not you.

ETA: im not trying to sound mean, i just think the way you put it previously makes the mum feel defensive, and you getting involved is undermining her as a mother. This is never going to change behaviours. and i think you truely do want to help.

Post # 7
4047 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@mrs.stormylove:  I like this best. It seems less accusatory. It also prevents you from  giving unsolicited advice – instead you ask for it. Give this a shot if you want, otherwise, I would just leave it alone.

Post # 8
4 posts

I like this best.Laughing

Post # 9
1064 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Humm.. are 5 years old supposed to be able to read, count till 40 and so on? If so, then i am a crapy mum too. My daughter is very intelligent and is in her last year before first grade. I bet by the end of the year she will be reading a little, but i do not think what you described means a bad parent.

Post # 10
1798 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Unless there’s actually abuse (which this really doesn’t sound like), I think you need to butt out. Everyone has some way of child rearing that they think is best but objectively there’s no gold standard.

Post # 11
240 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I studied child psychology and when not asked i keep my mouth shut! (abuse aside)

I don’t think a 5 year old needs to be able to do those things you described and it wouldn’t make parents uncapable either. 

Post # 12
6015 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

You can’t tell someone they are a crap parent, unless there is abuse, and even then you call CPS. It’s easier to critique other parents when you only have exposure to the child for a few hours a few times a month. I’m sure she’s doing the best she can 24/7.

Post # 13
996 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Actually I was able to read at 4 years old just fine. It’s not exactly a horrible thing that she cant read yet, but it is concerning that you mentioned she doesn’t have any confidence or self esteem. That is troubling for a child her age. Ignore the PP’s who are telling you it’s none of your buisness because in all honesty, if a child is being neglected, even on an emotional situation, it is absolutely you’re place to say something if you feel it need be said. It’s also concerning that you mentione the childs mother thinks she will “magically catch up” to the rest of her classmates when she is put in school. That just isn’t the right attitude to have with you’re child! You should want them to do well and throwing them into school unprepared because you hope they will just “Catch up” is beyond cruel.

It sounds like you are good friends with the childs parent so try not to burn any bridges just yet. Maybe suggest some fun interactive games for the child or some cool learning puzzles etc to help her along as much as possible. I really hate when parents know their child is struggling in any aspect and just expect them to “grow out of it”. Good lord step up and parent your child!


Post # 14
519 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

uhh, you don’t – unless you don’t want to be friends with this mom anymore 🙂 

Post # 15
4932 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I think most mothers are fairly defensive when it comes to their parenting skills and children. It’s possibly she feels threatened becuase you’re looking at her situation from a professional, educated standpoint and she has not had the benefit of that background. Whereas she’s looking at it based on instincts and wherever else she has picked up her style of parenting. If you are concerned try to bring it up in a non judgemental way. To her it may be coming across as “I’m so educated and I do this for a living and you don’t know what you’re doing”. Not to say that’s how you’re intending it, but it’s possible it’s being recieved as judgemental or that you’re looking down your nose at her. That being said, there are a lot of people that just do not want to hear it. Try using plain, non clinical language or introducing skills and confidence buliding things as fun games and encourage the mother to be doing it, not to take over the parenting for her.




Post # 16
3580 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

How does she react wen she sees that you’re able to resolve something with her daughter easier? And keep in mind that those two deal with each other everyday and kids are usually very receptive/polite/obliging to visitors. So yes, you could be demonstrating better communication skills, but thedaughter might be receptive to the novelty of your visit.

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