Friday, October 10, 2008

I don't care what you think.

Jill got a new pair of shoes. She loved them. Tennis shoes with brown to match her clothes and pink since it is her favorite color. Plus, Kenny took her to pick them out. She was proud of them. Until someone told her he didn't like her shoes.

I decided it was time Jill had some lessons in being a little more thick skinned. I mean, we spend all this time teaching our children to be sweet and polite, but really the world isn't always kind. We talked about how she shouldn't care what someone else thinks, that her own opinion should matter the most to her. We talked about how anyone who would take the time to say something rude is not a nice person, and that we should value the opinions of nice, helpful people, not hurtful ones. I coached her on some replies she could use. We practiced a cool, even tone of voice. I told her if someone is rude to simply say, "I care more about what I think than what you think." Sure it is a bit rude, but hey, it gets the point across. She seemed to get it. This morning she happily wore her new tennis shoes to school...and reminded me I needed to bring more medication to the school nurse.

Around ten, I made it up to the school to drop of the medication. The receptionist saw me enter the building, and immediately started giggling.

"What?" I look around and down at my clothes. Maybe Emmi had stickered me when I had been paying attention.

More giggles, then, "You are not going to believe what Jill said to her teacher today."

Oh. Shit.

"Her teacher told her she thought Jill needed to calm down and quit talking, and Jill said 'Well, I care more about what I think than what you think'."

12 comments:

rubyredruca said...

Uh-Oh!

Hetha said...

Niiiice!

The Van Fam said...

ahhh hahahaha!!! that is awesome. love it!

The Van Fam said...

ahhh hahahaha!!! that is awesome. love it!

Malskey said...

I love your kids... seriously... If I lived there you would totally have a free baby-sitter...

J said...

OMG hilarious!! I was cracking up and Princess just keeps asking me what is so funny. I still can't stop giggling.

zakary said...

Awesome.

Glad you are back. I was worried that you were locked up for pummeling someone at Starbucks.

Lorrie Veasey said...

I would leave a comment about how great I think this post is but know you don't really care what i think (KIDDING)

I gotta try your advice. The whole "they look at you funny, just pop them in the nose" thing I've been doing with my son just hasn't been workin...go figure.

Catherine said...

THAT IS GREATTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT! Way to teach her mommy!

Leah J. said...

Ha! I can't wait to teach C these fun lessons! :)

Rachel Lee Broussard said...

shocking! that doesnt sound like Jill at all! hahaha

Sheri said...

The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.