Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Baby Got Back

I was talking to one of my mom friends a while ago and she told me a story:

Her 6 year old wanted to do a ball workout DVD with her. Afterwords her daughter told her that the workout didn't work because her moms rolls were still there. The mom laughed and told her that the exercise wasn't instantaneous.

This friend also told this story to another mom we know. The other mom said that she would have been MORTIFIED if her child had told her that! My friends reply - "Why? My daughter has eyes. She knows I'm not skinny."

I feel the same way.

For a while there, both monkeys would tell me that I need to cut out my stomach roll. Then tonight, my little monkey kept smacking my butt and telling me that I had a big butt! To me it's funny. Little children are un-encumbered by our politically-correct, don't hurt our feelings ways. I definitely don't take offense.

What about you out there in the bloggy world? Do you take offense to your children making comments about you? Do you find it funny or do you get upset?


Janna said...

My son told me that I "will eat anything" and I am trying to get bigger. I laughed and told him, I hope not.

I don't know how I would feel if he directly said something to me. If it was in a funny way, I would probably laugh, because it's true.

Under the Influence said...

I had my arms up doing something and my middle son (who was 8 at the time) grabbed onto the sagging triceps and said "you need to turn these into muscle." My only response was a laugh and "YES I DO!"

I'm kind of like your friend, they can see what's going on - fat, skinny, uncombed hair, etc. I do remind them not to say stuff like that to others, though!

My youngest son (he's 5), however, tells me EVERY SINGLE DAY that I am pretty and that I have pretty hair. It's so sweet.

Jenni said...

I never get upset when I child points out the obvious; but I also use it as an opportunity to educate on appropriate social skills, "Yes, you're right, but when you are in public, we don't talk about things like that."

They need to know that they can talk about anything with you; but they also have to know there are limits. I would be mortified if my child said something like that to someone other than me.

Quirkyloon said...

Oh no it doesn't bother me! I need the reminder to trim my nose hairs!


Lana said...

Strangly, the only time I get offended is when my son tells me how smelly my breath is. I HATE it! Of course NOW, I have to discretly brush or gargle literine when he tells me, or he gets a big kick out of it. I think he's pulling my leg most of the time, but one never knows if we ACTULLY have bad breath! Call it an obsession...

Lucy said...

What's the saying, "Out of the mouths of babes!"

Somewhere my 'little ones' learned the social skills. ( I have a 20 and 17 year old) but they still like to tell me how it is. My 20 year old informed me that I might want to do something about my 'crow's feet' around the eyes.
Not so cute from a 20 year old but accurate!

Julia@SometimesLucid said...

Mine are learning not to say things about strangers (at least out loud or in English). They also tell me that I'm pretty - maybe that's why I laugh off the "other" comments.

Keri said...

Well, my kiddos aren't yet at that age. However, I have a husband that makes up for it. He doesn't hold anything back, and honestly, I have to laugh. Why take offense? Don't you have to be able to laugh at yourself once in awhile?