I have found that being 3 means Miss Julia is starting to not only be curious about the people in her world, but she is becoming very bold, and sometimes she says things that might not be taken too well. What to do?
Here are some things my Julia has said recently that have made mommy very embarrassed. Now, I know Julia is only 3, and she really doesn't know that the things she says could hurt someone's feelings, or sound inappropriate, but what would you do if your child said the following things?
This incident happened at CVS...we were in the medicine aisle, when a rather large man, with a rather large belly walked by. Julia said (very loudly) "Look mommy, he has a baby in his belly!" (I was M O R T I F I E D) The man kept walking and laughed his way down the aisle.
At church while worshiping, I was holding Julia on my hip and it was time to greet the people around you. I shook hands with the couple behind me and said, "Good Morning!" Julia said, "Mommy, she has a black face." (Julia has seen people of all shades, sizes, and types, why, oh, why would she care to mention this point now?) To my blessing, I do not think the woman heard her, but I could be wrong.
We recently had some friends over, and usually they bring a toy or outfit for the kids, which is totally not necessary, and honestly, I didn't even think my kids noticed, but after story time and prayer time. Julia looks right at our guest and says, "Where is my gift?" Oh, my word????? How rude!
At the post office we saw an older man with a beard and Julia yells, "Look mommy, Santa Claus!!!" Help! Of course there was a long line and every one laughed and smiled, but the poor gentleman did not think it was so cute.
At Body and Soul, a Christian book store, we were shopping for cards when Julia saw a man with a pony tail. This really confused her, and as he walked near us I pulled her close to me and said, "Julia this is quiet time." Because I knew. I knew she was going to say it. And five minutes later she said, "Boys don't have pony tails!!! Only girls have pony tails!!!" Oh vey!
In all of these incidents I tried to make these teachable moments where I told Julia that her words could hurt someone's feelings, and that we don't make comments like that. But she just looked at me and said, "Why? What did I do?" She really didn't understand.
So...my question is for you? What would you do?