You’re Children are so Nice and Respectful…

I get this all the time. Someone is always coming up to me on the street, in the market, on trains, airplanes, and commenting in overwhelming relief about how good my children are. Apparently American culture is so used to asshole children that they are flummoxed at the possibility of young children not being asses in public.

Are my kids some sorts of weird freaks of nature? Did I take drugs when pregnant with them? What accounts for their pleases and thank yous and their ability to sit still?

Well for one, we talk to them like they’re people. We don’t sugar coat anything. And when they’re acting like jerks, we let them know it. Why tolerate in your children what you’d never tolerate in a friend?

So with that in mind…..and the fact that my sister in law called her daughter who was acting like a bratty little bitch, a bratty little bitch.. I’ve started a new blog.Throwing Chanclas —dedicated in a fun way to the non-helicopter parent (read non-white parent). Who wants to raise a respectful interesting child instead of one raised in a bubble of participation trophies.

About Margaret Elysia Garcia

Margaret Elysia Garcia is the author of short story ebook collection Sad Girls and Other Stories, and the audiobook Mary of the Chance Encounters, and the co-founder and lead playwright of Las Pachucas, theatrical troupe. She teaches creative writing and theatre in a California state prison.
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