“You’re children are so well-behaved! They’re so cute, too.”
You try to wipe that deer in the headlights look off of your face long enough to mutter a thank you accompanied by an awkward smile.
The cashier wasn’t just being friendly, she really meant it. And in that moment, it was pretty much true. The kids were behaving and you were able to get through the entire cart of groceries without threatening half a dozen time-outs or begging the baby to stop crying. That, mama, is success!
Your children are kind to other people’s children.
Typing this, it sounds funny, but I have a feeling that most of you can relate if you have more than one child. When it comes to sharing or even co-existing peacefully, often your children just can’t seem to do it. It’s more fun to fight over the TWO identical red cars instead of each playing with one and you can’t get through one entire day without a fight breaking out.
But when it comes to other children, suddenly your child looks like a well-behaved angel. Even if it’s not all the time, those moments are still there. Example? We went to a Christmas parade this past weekend and my 4 year old, who is EATALLTHECANDY with his siblings, was actually picking up candy that was being thrown to him and putting it in other children’s bags! Of course, we went home and he argued that he should have candy for dinner and stay up extra late, but I will take my wins when I can get them – and you should too!