I had my daughter a few years before most of my friends began procreating, so now I have a six-year-old while most of my friends have freshly birthed two-to-six-month-olds. This has been great for a lot of reasons: I love seeing my friends being parents, and I can get a baby fix by hanging out with their kiddos.
But here’s my problem: in the last few months a small group of my friends have become self-declared parenting experts — and they have infants! They’re constantly railing on and on about what they’ll do when their child hits this stage or that stage, preaching to me about their enlightened child-rearing plans, and telling me how I should handle things my own child is dealing with… even though they have zero experience parenting a child older than six months.
Part of me knows this is a phase a lot of new parents go through, but another part of me is just annoyed. How do I politely listen to my friends without eye rolling or “you’ll seeeeeeing” them to death? — K