Sunday, January 29, 2012
Mind Your Children's Manners
Meet my spirited 4 year old, Rita Clare! For a long time, I didn't care too much whether my baby was loud in restaurants or throwing food on the floor. I mean they are just babies, right? For a while, I'd even bring my daughter to higher end restaurants, almost using it as a way to show that parents with young children deserve the opportunity to eat in these types of establishments too.
I have been given some stern comments in the past. And unfortunately, I'm a lot more anxious about my children's behavior in public, especially in places like church and nicer restaurants. Today though, I was given a gift from a senior lady who sat behind us during a dedication ceremony. My daughter seemed to be showing her wild colors and I was a bit concerned about the distraction. But this elderly lady came up to us after and said how impressed she was with our kids' behavior. Honestly, I was shocked. But I really did appreciate hearing positive feedback. I do care. I do care about how I'm perceived, as this has been ingrained in me since I was a little girl. I don't go overboard to please other people at my own expense and will comment back to rude and judgmental people if they say something to me (as respectful as I can). So, if you compliment me, I appreciate it. We can all use a little support these days, don't you think?
Jen Starks, Owner www.ecologicalbabies.com firstname.lastname@example.org 574.275.1235