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Episode 65: Navigating Unsolicited Advice From Family Members

Ever feel bombarded with advice from your amazing, but sometimes exagerada familia? We all love and appreciate their wisdom, but their well-meaning comments on raising our little ones can feel like information overload!

From comments on breastfeeding to opinions on baby food and discipline, navigating this territory with respect and grace can be a challenge. But fear not, mamis!  Today, we’ll equip you with strategies for filtering advice and communicating your needs with love. So stay tuned on this episode as I help you navigate unsolicited advice from your family members.

This episode will equip you with strategies for navigating unsolicited advice with respect and grace.

The Importance of Perspective

We explore the generational gap in parenting styles and cultural norms. Learn how to appreciate your abuelita’s wisdom while filtering it through the lens of your own parenting philosophy.

Strategies for Filtering Advice

Discover effective communication techniques including:

  • Active listening: Thank your abuelita and acknowledge her good intentions.
  • Asking clarifying questions: Understand the reasoning behind her advice.
  • Expressing appreciation: Thank her for sharing her wisdom, even if you disagree.
  • Communicating with confidence: Clearly explain your chosen approach.
  • Offering alternatives: Propose solutions that address her concerns while aligning with your parenting style.

Creating Balance

Learn how to strike a balance between honoring traditions and setting boundaries for your well-being as a bicultural Latina mom.

Show Notes

Ever feel bombarded with advice from your amazing, but sometimes exagerada familia? We all love and appreciate their wisdom, but their well-meaning comments on raising our little ones can feel like information overload!

This episode focuses on managing unsolicited advice from family members about parenting, particularly within the Latina community. 

I share personal anecdotes and offer strategies for respectfully dealing with unwelcome suggestions, emphasizing the importance of listening, asking clarifying questions, offering alternatives, expressing gratitude, and asserting one’s parenting choices with confidence. 

This episode will equip you with strategies for navigating unsolicited advice with respect and grace.

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About Jessica Cuevas

Jessica is the founder and creator of Viva la Mami, LLC a community centered around Latina motherhood. Jessica created this platform after not finding empowering stories about experiences of Latina moms. She realized that there was a lack of representation in this space and felt there was a need for mamis to share their stories and to learn more about the nuances about motherhood through a cultural lens.

Viva la Mami’s mission is to empower the modern Latina mom to redefine the meaning of madrehood through education, story-telling, and cultural relevance all while bringing comunidad together.

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