4.) Name a pet peeve you have about how other parents raise their kids.
I became a parent and decided my baby didn’t need to wear socks. I figured if my kid was going to spend as much energy kicking socks off as I was putting them back on, that I just wasn’t going to fight that battle.
Off they came.
The only things I could successfully keep on my baby were slippers…and often times those were kicked off as well.
My sister came over one day to visit my new bundle and as she was cooing in her baby voice she started telling my baby that her feet were cold and she needed socks on. But she was cooing it to her, “Oh wooky here…you don’t hab any socks on your wittle baby feet! Tell Mommy your feet are bery cold and you need some wittle socks on dem! You tell her!”
I stood there feeling quite puzzled.
Clearly my baby could not speak or coo or even remotely comprehend what my sister was saying. So…was my sister talking to me? Why wasn’t she asking me directly why my baby had bare feet? Was I supposed to answer her directly or was I supposed to coo my answer back through the baby the way she had cooed the question?
“Ohhhh, you tell your Aunty how you kick dose wittle socks off your wittle feet all day wong! Tell her how you don’t wike dem!”
This was all very awkward. But it didn’t end there. It was my first taste at what has turned out to be a seriously obnoxious interaction between grown (usually) women and my small children. I will never understand why people pose questions and/or statements to my children that are clearly directed at me.
“Why are you eating cookies for dinner? Doesn’t your Mom know you don’t get dessert until you finish your dinner?”
“Looks like someone needs his shirt washed doesn’t he…did mommy forget to wash your shirt?”
“Oh sweetie, is your Mom letting you play with knives again? Doesn’t she know you can hurt yourself?”
It’s just plain annoying.
And in retrospect I suppose doesn’t answer the prompt at all. I guess my pet peeve has less to do with how other parents raise their kids and more to do with how other parents talk to my kids.
The only thing that peeves me about how other people parent their children is how they raise them to be so much more annoying than mine.
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