Nothing irritates me quite like a purposefully-vague Facebook status update – “I just got the best news! So excited!” or “Brokenhearted.” Or something else equally annoying. Pass or play, people – post it or don’t!
That said, I’m about to be super annoying to all of you and do an entire vague post!
The subject of my question shall remain nameless. It’s important to protect the privacy of the pre-pubescent in question.
So… here’s my predicament. What’s the best way to tell our children something they don’t want to hear? Something of a personal nature, something he or she might be embarrassed about? How can we say “here’s something you need to take care of” without ruining their self-esteem and/or making them self-conscious for ever and ever?
I had a situation like this earlier this week, and let me tell you – I did it wrong. My seemingly innocuous, kindly worded statement resulted in HYSTERICS. I am fairly sure this situation will be the subject of several therapy sessions to come. Hers and mine.
Anyone have advice for me?