* * * * Re-blogging this one in solidarity with some parents I know who are learning the delicate art of teaching proper social etiquette without embarrassing themselves or their kids… * * * *
Ever thought of yourself as a Public Relations specialist? Well as a parent, it’s practical to think of it as part of the job. It may not seem like an occupation to combine with parenting, but once our children are conceived, they are immediately a part of society, and as social beings they will be publicly relating before they are even aware of it. Which is why it is our business to guide them through their early social navigations, teach them about how to move fluidly through a variety of human interactions, and help smooth over the occasional procedural faux pas.
You might accuse me of taking parental responsibility too far this time, but let me tell you what I am seeking to dispel by drawing on this perspective. Too often, I see and hear parents verbally yanking their kids through various social interactions, either prodding them to perform, or…
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