09 July 2005

Mixed Messages

Parents as a group must leave their children perpetually flummoxed by the mixed messages we continually give them.

Overheard at the supermarket:
Parent, leaning down to distraught child in stroller: "How are you doing? Would you like your ba-ba?"
Child: "Yeah."
Parent: "Can you say, 'Yes'?"

Reinforce improper English with one breath and encourage proper English with the next. What's a kid to say?


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