I don’t want to control my children’s every move. I don’t want or ask them to perform like trained monkeys in front of company.
But is it too much to ask that they let a little bit of their awesomeness shine through when other people are looking?
My four-year-old is the most cranky, anti-social crabapple in the world when he encounters people he’s not familiar with. Hell, even if he’s seen the person a hundred times. He puts his head down, has a sullen look on his face, and mumbles rude things if he says anything at all.
Although thankfully he is over the stage where he would call them “Stupid!” to their faces without provocation. So I guess we’re making progress.
For the record, this is what he looks like most of the time when no one is looking:
I’m gonna make up business cards with this link on it so when he’s acting completely horrible to people who don’t deserve it, I can redeem him (and me!) somewhat with the evidence of who is really is.
That’s my boy.