How to Respond to Friends and Family Who Don't Approve

Whether you’ve asked for your beloved friend's opinion or you’re on the receiving end of your dear aunt’s unsolicited advice, chances are someone is going to think your upcoming breast augmentation is a bad idea.

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Don’t let it get you down...

In my experience, every single person who wants to give you advice about how big your boobs should be falls into one of two categories:

Elephants or Peanuts.

And before you respond to them, it's really important that you identify if they're an elephant or a peanut—because your response should be much different between the two.

For Deep and Meaningful Relationships

These are the elephants in your life... the people who care most about you and want nothing but the best for you.

If the person delivering the opinion has deep levels of influence in your life, seriously, hear them out—especially if you asked for their thoughts. When I'm receiving feedback or criticism from the elephants in my life, I try to remind myself that leading with my emotions probably won’t be helpful.

Remember that they are coming from a place of love and concern, and their intentions for you are good. Otherwise, you wouldn’t have a deep and meaningful relationship with them, right?

Be sure to thoughtfully explain your position. Let them know you’ve done your homework, that you feel confidant about your choice, and how much you would appreciate their support. That confidence might be just what they need to see to put their mind at ease! And remember, it's ok if they still don't agree with your decision.

Seeing the world exactly the same way isn't a requirement of being well loved.

For Opinions from the Peanut Gallery

Oh the peanuts... the people in your life who are on the sideline and honestly don't know much about you.

It's the cousin that you see twice a year (who must have heard about your breast augmentation from you aunt, who heard it from your mom, who has some negative opinions about your upcoming additions).

And unless you’re in the mood to educate your audience over Easter lunch (which I don't recommend), a simple smile and “Thanks for your concern!” is totally appropriate.

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Seriously, that's all you have to say. If someone hasn't earned an influential space in your life, they haven't earned the right to help you move a position. There's no need for you to be rude or get offended... just deflect it and move on.

Remember

YOU get to decide who gets influence who gets boundaries. The only person who controls your feelings is you.

Elephants and peanuts.

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