Here’s the problem with allowing your kid to be photographed for a major American newspaper: she tells everyone. The guy at the car dealership. The waitress at the restaurant. Everyone.
Now, I know what you’re thinking. It’s a major American newspaper, did she really think people weren’t going to find out? Duh!
Stop the eye roll right there. My brain hasn’t been that numbed by all the Disney Channel and My Little Pony play.
The feature in the New York Times was about something I believe more parents need to be aware of: keeping their kids safe on the Internet. You could think you’re doing everything right by keeping the 6-year-old off of Facebook and making sure she spends more time swinging in the backyard than on a laptop, and still end up as one of the “Oh my God, my kid saw X” stories in the New York Times.
Been there. Done that. Have the bragging first grader to show for it.
Yup, bragging. She’s turned into quite the pompous windbag about this whole thing.
Yeah yeah, I know, that’s what this whole column is, right? I guess she comes by it naturally.
But call this self-promotion thinly disguised as a lesson. What is a 6-year-old boldly interrupting the conversation between Mom and the mechanic to announce “I was in the New York Times yesterday.”?
I’ll tell you what it is. Embarrassing!
She’s lucky she’s missing a bunch of front teeth and favors her hair in pigtails these days. People insist she’s cute. They don’t see her when she’s refusing to clean up her playroom, but hey, I’ll take it. She certainly thinks so.
After her “modeling shoot,” which was more like a news photographer telling her “a little to the right, more toward Mommy,” she’s getting hard to live with. Thank goodness I’m here to bring her back down to the earth, where mean moms make their kids clean their playrooms before play dates. You might be in the New York Times, kid, but you’re still a bit of a slob.
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