People view kids as a reflection of their parents. And those people are judging us by the behaviors of our kids. Even if it isn’t our fault.
Today I picked up Thing 3 from kindergarten. As usual, he was deeply involved in an activity and not ready to leave. I told him to finish up his game and we’re leaving in 2 minutes.
Thing 3: “Daddy, you are annoying me. You’re giving me a headache.”
He said this in front of teachers and other parents. They all smiled uncomfortably. Of course, they were all thinking he was repeating what he hears us say to him.
I can assure you I’ve never said anything like that.
Sure, I may have thought it.
It very well may have been true on many occasions.
But I’ve never said it. And now his teachers and other parents think I did. This is why I get nervous whenever Thing 3 opens his mouth.