That’s a Nice Lady!

Be PoliteALL parents have dealt with this… the small child that insists on pointing out human oddities.  In public.  Using their outside voice.  This is commonly followed by mom whispering some version of you-will-not-embarrass-me-like-that-in-public! into their tiny little ears.  We’ve all been there.

But what if the child is 10?  or 14?  or 20?!  What then?!!  I have to be honest.  A small part of me would cheer when Kirsten noticed these things!  Not living in her own little world today, is she?!  And the other part would appropriately whisper social-norm-clarifications.

At one point I realized there were just too many oddities in this world to clarify each one …and you know how challenging it is for our kids to generalize.  So I came up with a plan.

Code word: “That’s a nice lady!”  Kirsten says this whenever she wants to share something not-so-nice about another.  Spot someone large, short, tall, green, three noses???  “That’s a nice lady!”  It has worked perfectly!  Except…

Kirsten recently looked me up-and-down, stared me square in the eye and stated, “Mom’s a nice lady!”  Ummm… just what does THAT mean?!!

Your turn!  What challenges have you faced in public?

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3 Responses

  1. Tara Black says:

    When Megan doesn’t like the ‘no’ answer or the ‘try to ignore the question’ response to a question in public, she sometimes decides to go to another source for the ‘yes’ she wants…usually some unsuspecting person walking by…

    Meg: excuse me…excuse me…yes McDonald’s..yes 10 chicken nuggets…yes 35 french fries….

    Me: Megan…we will talk about McDonald’s in the car..(loud enough the person gets that this is something they don’t want to get involved with…not LOUD…just firm…)

    Megan: about it in the car…yes McDonald’s…yes 10 chicken nugget..yes 35 french fries..yes talk about it in the car…

    Me: Yes we will talk about it in the car (where not everyone will hear you yell when I tell you no)

    We try to restrict the Mickie’s to once a week…she would live on McD’s chicken nuggets and fries… :^)

    • Autism Makes Me Laugh | Tammy says:

      LOL – sounds like such fun! Better you than me… that’s what I say :). Yes… smart parents ALWAYS leave the bad news to non-public, sound-proof areas!

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