London, June 18 (ANI): Almost a quarter of mothers have argued with someone over how to raise their child to the extent that they are no longer talking, according to a study.
Potty training is the most frequent cause of rows with behaviour, growth and a child's eating and sleeping habits other touchy subjects.
Key remarks that can trigger a row include "Aren't they tall / short" and "When my child was that age, they were already walking/talking."
Other mothers have been criticised for giving their child a dummy and been questioned about whether their children are eating properly.
Psychologists say it can be difficult for parents to hear comments about their child's development.
Not only does it raise concerns there might be something wrong, it could also imply the mother isn't doing a good enough job.
"It's important to remember that all youngsters develop at different speeds.or example, when it comes to potty training some children can be dry during the day at the age of two when others can be closer to four," the Daily Mail quoted Emma Kenny, spokesman for Pull-Ups, the potty training experts who commissioned the study, as saying.
As well as highlighting fall-outs, the study of 2,000 mothers also revealed mother-in-laws were the most common culprits for dishing out unwanted advice.
While some mothers said they were able to take the comments on the chin, one third admitted they got defensive whenever someone asked something about their child's development.
Over half of them (56 per cent) were left feeling down and upset by the remarks and some felt so troubled that they ended up speaking to a doctor or health visitor. (ANI)