Day: January 23, 2018

Funny and Frank: Kids Have No Filters! – ModernMom

If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they’ll kill you. – Oscar Wilde What is it about kids that either makes us laugh, or want to crawl under a rock while turning 30 shades of red? Their refreshing honesty? The eye for details most adults choose to ignore? Innocent gaffes? Kids will often say what we grown-ups are thinking, but are too polite to say out loud. Politeness is sometimes a form of lying. Try to explain that to a kid. Though highly observant, children don’t yet know how to bite their tongues or look away. How many times have you said to your child it’s not polite to stare, to point, to laugh at this or that? How do we as parents teach our kids to be honest – but not that honest? I was trying to teach my toddler basic politeness – say please, thank you, excuse me, along with the booger conversation – why a finger up the nose might feel good but is something we just don’t do. (However, I just read the number one pastime while driving alone is nose-picking.) “I love my boogers,” Alessio said. He was dead serious, utterly sincere. I had been trying to teach him to be comfortable with his body – to love himself – all of himself, though boogers weren’t included in my...

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