Recently, the TODAY show featured a mother named Johanna Stein, who recorded her four-year-old daughter asking her such sweet questions as… “Hey Mom, did you take a shower today? I don’t think it worked,” and “Sometimes your mad face makes me laugh.” You can view the segment here: http://www.today.com/parents/mom-records-her-4-year-olds-unfiltered-adorable-insults-2D80195972
Joanna’s video of her daughter’s insults has gone viral, with people chiming in on both sides… Some who think her daughter needs to be taught a lesson in respect… And others who identify with the sweet honesty of children. I am part of the latter. My child has posed some lovely insult-compliments to me and will no doubt share some more with me this week.
So… In honor of the honesty of children… I decided to list my TOP FIVE FAVORITE INSULTS MY CHILD HAS POSED AS COMPLIMENTS:
1) Once, when Harper was three, I stepped on a the scale hoping to see it go down. I let out an exasperated sigh when it hadn’t… Harper gently put her arm on me and said… “Don’t worry mom, you’re still fat.”
2) Last week, when I took my daughter to Target, I gave her strict instructions… “Okay,” I said… “We are going in there, getting what I need, and coming straight back out. No toy aisle. I’m not dressed for shopping.” Harper looked at me gently and said… “You look fine. I’ve seen hobos in there before.”
3) On a visit to a retirement center, a rather stylish elderly woman in a pantsuit was sitting in the foyer when we walked in. The woman, a stranger, waved to me in a friendly way and said hello. “She’s pretty. How do you know her?” Harper asked me as we walked away. “Did you go to high school together?”
4) A few weeks ago, when I dressed up for a fun night on the town, I walked out feeling pretty confident, looked at my daughter and said… “How do I look?” She was quiet for a moment before she said… “I don’t know… Are you trying to look good?”
5) When I picked up Harper from school, after having my hair colored and styled that morning… I said… “Hey, notice anything different?” “Yes!” She said right away. “You have a little mustache!”
What is the lesson in this? When you have a small child, have some thick skin, a good sense of humor, and don’t expect your self-esteem to come from the well from someone whose world is still governed by honesty and not tact.