I didn't realize this was a list of etiquette rules for parents or I wouldn't have read it. I am so annoyed that people with children act this way. It ruins it for us parents that are normal.
Again, I didn't know it was for parents - didn't read the title
but when it said - ask about other peoples kids as much as you talk about your own. I thought, why talk about your kids at all?
I really dislike when people ask me about my kids, except for the mother of one of my daughters life long friends, because she and I are close. Everyone else...why do you want to know?..you don't even know them. My kids have their friends, and I have mine friends. I don't get why people would always want to talk about their kids...isn't it very
The question I hate the most "How are your kids doing in school?" really? You really think it's o.k. to ask me that? How can that not be listed under "clearly not your business" I answered a co-worker once with, "They are average kids, they do average in school." And was told I was being "Canadian". Really? What does Canada have to do with a woman giving an honest answer to in intrusive question?
Also "What does your daughter like to do?" um...to be honest, she's 16, she lays around the house, she messes it up, watches twin peaks on net flicks, is sad a lot and has not clue what she is interested in. So what are you going to do with that? Tell me I should "get her into sports?" I don't care what you think about my daughter, let's talk about last nights Jon Stewart show. What about Syria, what about Jian Gnomeshi, what about the writing class I'm taking or about you thinking about changing careers at 40?
I don't know, I love my girls but the things they do, the things they love and hate, the things we talk about are all so personal. Trophies and Art accomplishments...All things I am proud of...I let them
know that, but these are personal things I just don't talk about to co-workers or casual acquaintances.
Having said that, I forgive anyone with children under 3 who can't stop talking about them. It's not the fault of the adult, those tiny beasts enter your brain and twist it all up and deprive you of even taking a pee when you need to...so when some poor creatures is yapping on about their toddlers poo, first word, fall over a toy, mispronouncing their big brothers name or two hour screaming fit...I just tell myself...this person is clearly temporarily insane.