“If you promise not to believe everything your child says happens at school, I’ll promise not to believe everything he says happens at home.” ~ Anonymous
Have you ever seen this quote floating around? Every time I come upon it I have to shake my head and laugh.
I can’t count the number of times a parent has reported to me something their child has said about our day at school and I’m just dumbfounded … cause that sure didn’t happen in MY world.
And if I ever decide to question the child about said comment, they ALWAYS look at me like I’m crazy. There’s a little thought bubble above their head screaming, “Are you nuts? Where did you get an idea like that?”
A few years ago a parent relayed something their little boy had supposedly said about me to his aunt … it wasn’t super complimentary so I was a bit upset. But then just a few days later, this child was chatting away with me and said, right out of the BLUE, “My mom and auntie just get carried away with everything!” I almost started laughing … mostly out of relief … because at that moment I realized YES, it was a misunderstanding.
But of course, it works both ways, and I always try to remind myself about that. It’s not that I don’t believe my kids when they tell me something outrageous or disturbing about their family life. I just pause and remember some of the ridiculous statements that have made their way home from the classroom.
Just saying — ha ha!