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When Kids Say Embarrassing Things

Oops . . . What She Meant Was . . . Errr

"Mommy, he can't sit there. He's too fat and he'll break my chair!" I bet cat's got mama's tongue! If there's one thing about tots, you can bet your bottom dollar that they'll give it to you straight. While mom may feel like crawling into the nearest hole, she usually grins and bears the awkward moment or tries to explain the embarrassment away. "Honey! That's not a nice thing to say," or "You're right sweetie. That's only for little children like you!"

Where do you stand? Do you step in and make excuses for your child, or do you let the cards fall where they may?

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MOM-OF-4 MOM-OF-4 8 years
I am going through this with my 4 yr old right now.....he does it all the time....saying WOW look at that man he is soooooo FAT! Or the other day @ the grocery store, a lady had real bad acne and he asked her...HEY, whats wrong with your face? There was also a time, there was a man at ACADEMY and his face looked abnormal, and he screamed "THE WITCH, THE MONSTER" Needless 2 say I have been extremely embarrassed, I don't know what 2 do, besides explain it is wrong....obviously that's NOT working. Any ideas? Of my 4 children none have put me in this situation b4!
Pampire Pampire 8 years
I remember when my now 11 year old was about 2 or 3, we were at home depot in the outside garden section and my son was learning his body parts, well for some reason he thought everyone male AND female had a goober as he called it, well I was pushing him in the shopping cart and he informed me he had to go potty, well he all of a sudden yells very loudly that "mamas got a goober" and this man that heard him looked our way laughing and walked smack into one of those metal poles that is holding this big tent like roof up almost knocking it down! It was very embarrassing but that man running into the pole made me feel a little less embarrassed lol! I think I got the last laugh though! :D
MissSushi MissSushi 8 years
lol, my youngest sister was famous for totally tactless and inappropriate comments, and all of my siblings and i were VERY polite, people were constantly complimenting my mother on our behavior, but she just didnt understand that some things shouldn't be said. We did learn later that she has learning disabilities, she's 17 now, but roughly at the mental and emotional age of 12-13. She progresses, but its much slower then the average person, and doctors basically have no idea if she will eventually top out and stay at a certain mental age. Anyway, she was incredibly observant during bathroom runs, Im 7 years older then her, and more often then not had her. One time in a VERY large and busy bathroom at around 6 or 7, she very, very, very loudly said, OMG WHY IS THERE SO MUCH BLOOD IN THE TOILET?!?!, or something much like that, its been a while, but ugh.. that was the ultimate embarressment for a teenager.
Smacks83 Smacks83 8 years
Lickety...that sounds scary that he came up to you with such a macho-guy attitude. I mean your 2 yr old said it for crying out loud! How is his rep being hurt by a 2 yr old?
lickety-split lickety-split 8 years
omg, when my middle daughter was almost 2 we were in a not so great section of town and she saw this guy with crazy hair, looked like a gang banger to me. she pointed to him and said "haha! coo-coo!". the guy was all over me immediately, "what!? what did she say!?". i just looked puzzled and said, "i think she's just being silly. why?" as if i had no idea that she had been referring to him :faint: another time my youngest (at about 3) told a worker at the child care at my gym that she was "really fat" and that she needed" to lose weight". the woman actually was crying. i felt terrible and told my daughter never to make personal comments to people. kids are learning, and they say what they think. learning that you can't say everything that pops into your head takes awhile.
queenegg queenegg 8 years
Since my baby isn't born yet, I have no idea what I'll do. I will say that when I was younger, my Dad was hitting on this woman. Since I wanted to be a part of the conversation, when she talked about liking Prince, I said "Daddy says that Prince should be shot in the back." It's funny now, but I'm sure that my Dad didn't like me messing with his mack (He was all of 24 or so at the time and I was about 6.)
Lyngay Lyngay 8 years
I would probably tell my almost-3 year old that "We don't talk like that about people!" in a pretty stern voice. I'd leave at it at that while in front of others, but later I may explain that mommy thinks it's funny when she tells me I have a big butt (she does and I do!) but it can hurt people's feelings and she shouldn't say it to anyone else.
NyckieRocks NyckieRocks 8 years
I in the same boat as Akpril, my tot doesn't utter much more than babbles but a good friend of mine had her son in the restroom with her and called me immediately after her son said the funniest thing. As she was sitting down her 3 year old said, "Mommy, grown ups have big butts!" She said her only regret about what he said is that there wasn't anyone else in the restroom to hear him say it! It was hysterical!
Akpril Akpril 8 years
My boy doesn't speak yet so I don't need to worry about it yet. The best one I ever heard was when a little girl was speaking at the microphone in church and was trying to think of more things to say because she didn't want to sit down yet and blurted out "Mommy and Daddy fight... a lot..." And the look on her mother's face! I was cracking up.
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