As a parent, one of the most annoying things is to get advice from well-meaning people who don’t have children of their own. These people simply think that if you did X, Y, or Z parenting would be so much easier. On the flip side, they sometimes firmly believe that there are some things they would absolutely never do or allow if they had their own children.

What no-parents don’t understand is that you really cannot understand what it is like to be a parent and what it is like to raise children until you have children of your own.

I remember life before I had children, and after having children, I quickly realized that I had a lot to learn. No matter how many baby books you read, experiencing parenthood yourself is something you can’t entirely prepare for.

When friends who don’t have kids offer suggestions, I’ve learned to just smile and nod politely knowing that one day if they choose to have children they will understand just why their advice would never work.

If you have kids, you’ll definitely get a laugh from these 15 examples of parenting advice from non-parents. If you don’t have kids, this might be an educational experience.

  1. So Naiive

  2. Your Circle of Friends WILL Change

  3. Never Say Never

  4. Screen Time

  5. Junk Food

  6. She Was Too Critical

  7. Enough Is Enough

  8. What Is Spare Time Again?

  9. Grapes

  10. There Are Limits

  11. That’s Just the Beginning

  12. We Have a No-Slime Policy

  13. Teeth

  14. Baby Poop

  15. Such a Lie