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My family just finished our 1st vacation of the summer. It was a great trip visiting with my family in Tennessee
. The kids loved spending time with their Granny, Great Granny, and Aunts.
While we were in Tennessee, my kids were able to see me interact with childhood friends and some friends I made along my adult life. On an ordinary day, we send our kids away during an adult conversation, but they were around during some conversations during this trip. It was a great experience for them. Trust me; it’s rare that I will ever say having a child around during adult conversation is great. Why do I say it was a great experience for them? My ole friends and I sat joking and teasing one another about crazy things we use to do back in the day. The first night this happened, I thought about the numerous conversations we’ve had about understanding good vs. bad teasing. There’s never been an opportunity for them to witness what I preach.
Practice What You Preach
As parents, we can sit day in and day out telling our kids how to react or respond to someone teasing them, but what about our response when it happens to us. How do we respond? I’ll go ahead and answer this for you. We get upset. We tell our spouse about how rude the person is. It then festers and we walk around with a chip on our shoulders or worse; we stop talking to the individual.
You Always Have That One
There’s always that one person that takes the teasing to another level, even as adults. This was the best opportunity for me to practice what I preach. By no means do I believe the person intended to be hurtful in their words, but it was beginning to go south quickly. Instead of sitting there ignoring the comments, I kindly let the person know enough was enough. Not only did my children witness me practice what I preach, but they also saw me stand up for myself without violence, being all emotional and with class. This, my friends, is what kids need to see more often.
Talk About The Conversation
In this situation, I took some time to talk to the kids about the teasing between friends. Opening up dialogue was right on time. My kids always have 50 million questions about EVERYTHING. As we chatted about the tease session they witnessed we laughed about some of the crazy stories they heard. Let me give my disclosure here. Everything talked about was kid appropriate (as defined for our home. No foul language, edgy talk, etc.). They heard stories about me at their age, running and playing all day long and how my mama used to dress me. OH MY!
Don’t be afraid to allow your child(ren) witness a bit of teasing and how to handle it properly. As parents, we always tell our kids how to behave, react, or accomplish things. How often do we allow them to see the reality of what we try to teach them? Of course, this was a controlled, tamed, low key situation. Regardless, it was a situation, and the kids were able to witness a lot of GOOD TEASING. Some good laughter and fun.
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