One thing people always say the love about kids is their unwavering honesty. That is until it's their kids and they find themselves on the very public end of the honesty.
My 5 year-old is incredibly honest. She doesn't lie, even about things that may land her in hot water so it's no surprise that she is completely honest in her interpersonal interactions. The other day she told my husband after one of his talks to make her feel better about some preschool crisis: "That doesn't make me feel any better but thank you for saying it anyway Daddy." Remember when all it took to fix an ouchie was a kiss?
So what do you do when your child's honesty becomes a bit embarrassing? What about those too pointed observations about people's appearance?
The first thing to remember is not to shame a child for telling the truth. If grandma asks "Did you like the doll I sent for your birthday?" and your child answers "No" honestly, don't embarrass them by correcting them. Merely explain to grandma that your child is into blocks right now or one of their other favorite toys. Remember, Grandma's the adult and should be able to handle the truth.
We need to be careful about teaching our children to lie about their feelings in order to spare others. Children need to know their feelings matter. It is also important to treat their honesty with some of your own.
When they observe a person who's overweight or some other feature remind them that people come in all different sizes, colors, etc. Don't shy away from topics that make you uncomfortable because it is a great opportunity to teach them how to be comfortable in a variety of situations and with a variety of people.
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