I came across this article the other day. http://www.boston.com/community/moms/gallery/shocking_parenting_comments/
Although these were hysterically funny, (and I highly recommend you read them) it hit a nerve with me for a few reasons.
First, I was raised to be polite and have impeccable manners. (Thank you Mom and Dad) Now, I have been known to put my foot in my mouth on occasion, but I DO try to make sure I think about what I say before I say it.
Second, this has happened to me, Mommy L, our mother and so many other moms we know on so many occasions. I don’t know whether people just don’t think before they talk or if they really just are ignorant and stupid, but the things people say to a parent are downright astounding.
Today we’ll share some of our favorites:
“Aw, she’s so cute! Where did you find her?”
Well, amazingly enough, this morning I found her in her crib because that’s where I put her to sleep last night! What do you think I found her in a cabbage patch?!?! Oh wait, I now I know! It’s because I could never have a child that looks so darn cute seeing as I look like such a hideous troll?
“Oh my God! They are YOUR children. All this time I thought you were an angel who adopted an entire Vietnamese family!”
Said to Grandma A (otherwise known as Mommy J and Mommy L’s Mommy) upon learning that Grandpa A is Asian. A side note: we are not Vietnamese either. But you know, we Asians all look alike. (Sadly this has also been said to me -in seriousness.)
“Make sure you don’t touch his nose, or else it won’t grow!”
Mommy L was told right after her first child was born. If this is true then I am going to poke at my tummy and hips (and any other chubby spots that seem to have sprung up since pregnancy) until they go away! (Actual fact: your nose continues to grow your entire life.)
“You SHOULDN’T let your child chew on the cart!”
Yes, I desperately want my child chewing on the grocery cart handle. How horrible of me to turn and pick up produce when there is the possibility of my infant putting his mouth on the cart. Next thing you know he will have devoured the whole cart and be working on yours! God forbid a single germ should invade my precious child! However would he survive a GERM!?!?!?!
“My son and daughter are twins.”
“Oh wow! Are they identical?”
I most certainly hope not! Because if they are, one of them is getting the short end of the ugly stick.
“Your babies look so close in age! What are they about 6 months apart?”
(Amazingly this was said by a pediatrician! Not ours of course.)
Alright dear readers, it’s your turn. What are some of the most shocking, foolish, rude, insane or just plain funny things people have said to you about parenting/children?