Mar 20, 2016

Children are People Too

There were two frum women on the train with their toddlers in carriages.  They spoke to another and were seated opposite me so I could hear some of what they were saying.

One said that a person commented to her, "Your daughter's hair color is nice."  She said, "She said it as a compliment but it's not so, her hair is not a nice color."

She was right.  Her daughter's hair was ordinary brown.  But why was she saying this in front of her daughter? Just because her daughter was so young?

It's a mistake for parents to say negative things about their children, whether about their looks, character, abilities, in front of their children.  Even if it's not said in front of their children, they have to think twice before discussing their children's drawbacks, but in front of them?!

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