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On the Washington Post: I’m Not Your Kid’s Friend

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kids and respect

I’m on the Washington Post today, talking about kids, respect for grownups, and boundaries. As in, do they exist anymore? Here’s a sneak peak:

This wasn’t the first time that one of my daughter’s friends had treated me like a fellow 8-year-old instead of a grown woman on the mature side of 40. A couple of weeks earlier, another little girl had smacked my butt. Another time I was repeatedly whacked with a pillow during some sort of couch-cushion battle scene.

Had I behaved like this with my friends’ parents? I tried hard to remember being a kid in the ’80s. Decades later, I’m still too terrified to even imagine such a scenario.

Read more here!

So tell me: Do your kids call grownups by their first names or Mr. and Mrs.? Do you think kids today respect grownups the way you did as a kid? Is your house flooded in Shopkins? I want to know!

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2 Comments

  1. 25 years ago I had words with my daughter’s friend who opened my refrigerator and helped herself to food. She seemed totally unaware of having done anything wrong. She seemed to think we were friends. In my day, my mother would have punished me severly if I ever called s friend’s mother by her first name or disrespected the boundry between child and grown-up. My mother was right.

  2. Congratulations on having this post referenced on the Today Show.

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