Dear Stranger In the Grocery Store, Last I Checked; I Never Asked for Your Approval When Naming My Children

Dear Stranger In the Grocery Store, Last I Checked; I Never Asked for Your Approval When Naming My Children

I get it everyone is entitled to their opinion, but my question is when it comes to a stranger asking my children’s names and then giving the snippy response of “Wow, those are interesting names, why would you name them that?” Do you really need to share your opinion on whether or not you like or dislike my children’s names?!  My automatic response was “because I liked them!”

Needless to say I was caught off guard by this woman’s reply. I didn’t have time to get upset until the drive home from the grocery store as I thought about it more and more….

First off I have never met you before and you approached me and my kids in the grocery store and initiated the conversation. I was minding my own business and trying to get through the grocery store as quickly as possible before my children ran out of patience. It is extremely rude to come up to someone you don’t know and form an opinion after 5 seconds. Secondly, I have a 4 year old and guess what! she is really intelligent and understands everything you are saying so when you say those things in front of her she retains everything!! Thirdly, my mom instincts go through the roof and I feel my temperature rising that you would say a negative response and take a negative tone about my kids names right in front of them!

If I had to have the conversation again, I wouldn’t get mad or upset. I would simply reply “Because they are the most amazing names ever!” “Hope you have a terrific day!” At the end of the day I only want to teach my children to have a positive attitude and the best way for me to do that is by leading by example.

One thing over the last 4 years of being a mother I have learned is to have have full confidence in your decision making.  Being a mother is difficult there are moments you second guess and question yourself, but never let anyone else make you feel insecure about your parenting even if it’s about your children’s names. I had a moment of insecurity and let that woman make me feel uncomfortable about my children’s names. Never again will I let that happen.

When everything is said and done, who cares! take the high road your children are always listening and observing your actions.

Let me know if you have had any negative comments from strangers about your children and how you responded? I’d love to hear your stories.

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