How Do You Deal With Meddling Parents?

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One of the best ways to deal with meddling parents is for children to be firm in their responses to them while still displaying love. For instance, adult children may have to tell their mothers that they don't need or want their advice at the moment. However, Redbook advises that it's ideal to follow up this statement with a hug and to let her know that her help is appreciated.

It's important to remember that parents may meddle in the lives of adult children because they are afraid that their children no longer need them. When making major life decisions, such as beginning a career, getting married or having a baby, parents may exhibit meddling and controlling behavior to maintain their place in their children's lives.

It may also be helpful to remind meddling parents that they also don't like to be told what to do, which helps them relate to the position of their adult children. For instance, if the parent says something critical about the way a child dresses, the child may want to gently remind the parent what it would feel like if the roles were reversed. Sometimes, parents need to be reminded that meddling can be offensive and irritating. Meddling should be dealt with properly so that both children and parents can enjoy a healthy and fulfilling relationship with each other.