Because What Our Kids Really Need is More Self-Esteem

So, funny story. About my daughter, who hates it when I talk about her, incidentally.  The second she overhears her name come up in conversation, this horrid scowl takes over her face and daggers shoot out of her eyes. It’s so truly frightening that I haven’t entirely ruled out the possibility of demon possession. But you see, this is why I blog. I can talk about her all I want, and she’s none the wiser. Until she learns to read, of course, and then all bets are off. But for now, C stories are free game.

So the other day the kids and I were having a conversation about strangers and if there are really bad guys that might take children away from their parents. And of course I was caught in the age-old balancing act of trying to instill in my children the appropriate caution of strangers while not making them afraid of their own shadows.

As I was talking myself into a hole, which I tend to do in such instances, my husband in all his parental wisdom jumped in and said, “Don’t worry.  No one would want you guys anyway.”

You can see that I have my hands full.

Well, C took umbrage at this remark and tossed her blond hair and said with confidence, “They would want to take me because I’m so pretty.”

Clearly the self-esteem movement is gaining ground.

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14 Responses

  1. Oh, too cute! I hate this balance too. I have very outgoing children and it is a hard balance. I talk to strangers ALL THE TIME, so they wonder why they can’t do the same. Hard balance for sure.

  2. So modest! And I have witnessed first hand the scowl that she makes when she hears her name. Too funny!
    I always think about getting that stranger video with John Walsh and Julie Clark, the founder of Baby Einstein company. I just have never done it!

  3. Hard lesson. I want the kids to be alert, but not be rude little things when someone might just be saying HI.
    I can so picture Caroline saying that – LOL.

  4. Too funny!

    And strangers is a hard lesson to teach. Your right, there is a fine line between caution and outright terror. So far we don’t let them out of our sight when they are out of the house. We have yet to allow playing by them selves. Although, its coming.

  5. We used to tell our kids that we kidnapped them and now had to keep them because their real parents refused to take them back.

    Course with one kid looking VERY similar to me at the same age, it is hard to keep up the rouse!!


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