ALL 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?