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 margaretelysiagarcia

Margaret Elysia Garcia primarily writes fiction, essays and poetry from a remote corner of the Sierra Nevada. She's currently working on a non-fiction book about plus-sized modeling. She's also searching for a publisher for her new collection of stories? Mary of the Chance Encounters. Her short story collection Sad Girls & Other Stories out now on Solstice Literary Press. She blogs here and at Throwing Chanclas and Girl Body Pride. Is a contributor to Hip Mama Magazine. She writes the zine The Adventures of Sad Girl with her daughter, Paloma. She’s a three-time director of the national Listen to Your Mother Show in Plumas County ( She has an alternative women’s music show Milkshake & Honey on Plumas Community Radio (
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