Are other people understanding of your kids?

@wahmoftwo (1298)
United States
March 4, 2007 7:59pm CST
I have been noticing lately that a lot of other people are not courteous to my children at all. For example, I was checking out at the local Wal-Mart today. We were going to a baby shower and my son was excited about this "baby party" as I called it for him. He told the cashier "There is going to be a new baby!" She barely acknowledged him. He tried to talk to her but the only thing she had to say to him was that the credit card slider wasn't a toy. He barely touched it and we were about to walk away. I know this lady was trying to do her job, but I have worked at Wal-Mart and you can carry on polite conversation while checking someone out. People just don't seem to apprecieate kids a lot of the time. I actually thought my son was being very cute talking abou this new baby. Any comments?
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@biwasaki (1745)
• United States
5 Mar 07
I think a lot of the time people who don't have children or aren't around them all the time don't know how to behave when a child tries to engage them in conversation. Maybe the cashier was just having a bad day. I wouldn't worry about it too much.
@wahmoftwo (1298)
• United States
5 Mar 07
It isn't just this incident. People are very judgemental. He is five and very friendly. I always thought that was a good thing. It only takes a minute to say something nice. Aren't cashiers supposed to be friendly?
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@biwasaki (1745)
• United States
5 Mar 07
Yes, I agree that people can be very judgemental of children. My girls are 4 and 2, and they are also very friendly and outgoing. Most people are nice towards them, but sometimes there are a few bad apples in the bunch. I just chalk it up to the fact that they probably have no experience with kids and try not to let it bother me too much. I think if I let every single incident like that get to me, I would go insane with anger.
@missyd79 (3438)
• United States
9 Mar 07
i do not like that either, but i also get embarassed when my son just talks and talks to the cashier and then talk back and do not do their job either. so i guess there is no pleasing me. but i also have a problem because i told my son never to talk to strangers, but how can i enforced that without him being rude to people, like when little old people tell him he looks so handsome or cute, and he just shys away from them, which is good because i do not want him to talk to strangers but i know they do not mean any harm. so i usually just apologize and say thank you.
• United States
8 Mar 07
She sounds like a humorless, miserable woman. I always get a kick out of the cute things other people's kids say. It wouldn't ahve hurt her to smile and say something nice back to him. Maybe she was just having a bad day, but there is no excuse for being rude to a child!
• United States
5 Mar 07
This kind of incident is what am dreading most if my toddler can experience it one of these days. My daughter is just so friendly and innocent and she just waves and smiles to everybody, say have a nice day, etc. So far, we haven't had an incident where the person doesn't smile back or comment. But I definitely know that there are just people out there who can't force a comment or smile past their lips if they are not having a good day or there are so many things in their minds. As much as possible, I steer my baby away from people who I perceived that would appreciate a child bothering them if they are deep in their thoughts or whatever is on their mind. Personally speaking, if a child will interact with me, I always make sure I reply or smile back because I know (basing on my observation of my daughter) it makes them feel like they accomplish something and makes them feel better with themselves. Children are still trying out their skills in conversation and it is up to us adults to help them with it no matter how we view children or their behavior.
@cripfemme (7710)
• United States
5 Mar 07
What a horrible woman! I bet she's one of the same woman are the womam who gives me the wrong change because they think I can't count due to being disabled.
@kirokiro (95)
• Malaysia
5 Mar 07
Not everyone like kids. Most people had boring life and boring jobs they hate of.... They won't notice you as they was busy trying to finish off their job. I find it too sad. But in reality, not everyone can live to be what they expected. Well, for that, don't take it to your heart. Your kid is cute. I hope my kid can grow up faster to be able to talk like your son.