This is the other side of the coin regarding a post that I wrote a little bit ago entitled Speak Well of Your Children. There it is, if you want to go look at it.
I just wanted to share this incident that happened at the library this morning, lest anyone think I am advocating for the kind of Stepford parenting that has many people feeling isolated.
A meeting of moms and kids had just let out and several moms were still standing around chatting. I looked up from my conversation to see that S had climbed up and was standing on a chair.
I said in a clear voice, “UH-OH. Hey, man, please sit down.” And then he actually did. I know, right??!!
Another mom heard me say this and looked over to watch my son angelically comply with my kind request and I watched as surprise, then admiration, then a little panic flashed across her face.
I quickly blurted out, “It’s really important that you know there are at least 500 other “uh-oh”s behind that one, and most of them were not said that calmly or heeded that quickly. Or at all. I really want you to know that right now.”
Blessed relief. “Oh, thank you for saying that. I was going to say…well I don’t know, but thank you.”
People, listen up. NO ONE’s children are always as well OR as poorly behaved as we experience them to be in any one moment.