I’m constantly faced with questions about the best course of action to take when it comes to dealing with issues regarding my kids and/or their friends. Until now I never really had anyone to ask, at least not anyone who would answer honestly. My friends are more apt to give the answer they think I want to hear and, while I appreciate their loyalty, I sometimes need a reality check. That’s where you, my fine readers come in. Every Friday I will pose a pressing parenting question and I would really appreciate if you could chime in with your thoughts. It’ll be fun! Something to mull over during Happy Hour, perhaps?!?
So here goes:
Scenario: You see one of your kid’s friends out in public and the kid pretends he doesn’t know you, even ignoring you when you say hi. Do you:
1) Forget about it. Teenagers can be oblivious/easily embarrassed/a**holes;
2) Mention it to his/her parent next time you see them, preferably in front of the kid; or
3) Say, as loudly as possible: “Oh my god, Joe, look at you! You have gotten so big! I remember when you were just this tall and you only wore your Batman pajamas to school. Oh, and remember that time I had to help you blow your nose with the bulb syringe because you couldn’t breathe.” (Or something equally embarrassing making sure to point out everything you have ever done for that kid).
What do you think? Really, I want to know. I’m leaning towards #3 but only because I think kids who spend time in your house and your car and have no trouble eating your food should at least say hi when they see you in public. If they don’t, well, all bets are off. But that’s just me.
What would you do? Let us know!
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