Have you ever said the wrong thing? Put your foot in your mouth - unintentionally?
For me, having Aspergers means I feel safe with scripts. I like to know what I am going to say - ahead of time - to avoid any gaffes. Growing up, social blunders seemed to be my rule rather than my exception.
Once, in my junior year of high school, I was told that a certain person was going to ask me to the prom.
Can I just tell you HOW MUCH stress and anxiety that caused me?! A flurry of worries zipped across my mind every day until he asked me.
It was torture.
When was it going to happen?
Would I be alone?
Would my friends be there to support me?
What should I say?
Does he really want to go with me?
The weeks dragged on (maybe it was days - I can't remember). You may think my agony would have ended once he popped the question.
Except that, I was so relieved when he finally asked me that I blurted out, "Well, it took you long enough."
Not exactly the response he was looking for.
Needless to say, we didn't go to the prom together (my apologies to Tony) and obviously, I didn't have a lot of great strategies for expressing myself.
That is why communication is something I'm so passionate about now, because it was something that I had SO much trouble with then!
In this TEACHable Moment, I'm tackling this idea of "rude" kids and sharing some ideas for what to do so you don't offend the grandparents (or potential prom dates)!
I know you want to help your kids show appreciation and gratitude. Young kids are less skilled in the social realm and depending on their stage of development and individual temperament, they may need more support for a longer period of time.
After you watch, can you think about a time when your kids (or someone else) said something that completely embarrassed you?
Leave me a comment below and share your story!
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