Hello! I am 19 years old and still live at home. My parents adopted a 4 yr old last November. Because I am still at home, My sister and I have a great relationship. I love being with her and she loves to hang out with me. I am involved in her life in the sense where I pick her up from school, take her to activities, take her out of "sister dates", etc. Because of my close involvement in her life, of course I want the best for her. However, my mom will not even consider my advice. I know I'm only 19 but I have worked in a childcare facility for 4 years, taken numerous classes, and have done countless hours of research.
My question is how can I get through to my mother? She is an older mom,(age 46) and has two older child besides me, ages 27 and 23. I am the youngest. My mom is not very open to other advice besides her own. Her opinions on nutrition, discipline, development, and other issues are out-dated and unreliable. I am concerned for my sister. She is babied, and on her way to a life of obesity. She doesn't get proper nutrition. She watches T.V for over 4 hours a day. She whines and gets what she wants. I love my sister like she is my own. I understand that I am a sister and not her parent. However, I would like to change my mother's parenting styles. She is a great mother who just needs a few changes.
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