Last night I decided to treat myself to an impromptu manicure. And yes, even though I’m well aware the nail salon probably is one of those places you shouldn’t bring a child, I brought my daughter anyway. It was 7 o’clock on a Wednesday–who gets their nails done at that time?
Apparently, foul-mouthed gossipy women. A few minutes into my manicure, a woman walks in and almost instantly she’s sharing the latest updates on her personal life with everyone in the salon. She’s having drinks with her old roommate who is a total b*tch and afterwards she having dinner with her ex who cheated on her.
Now a part of me wants to be that mother who can turn the other cheek and ignore her inappropriate talk in front of my 3-year-old. But it’s not like she didn’t see my little girl sitting there. Couldn’t she have cooled it on the personal talk just a little?
I didn’t say anything to her last night, but after I was finished the salon manager apologized. It made me think, though: what else do I wish people wouldn’t talk about around my daughter…
1. Sex. Yes, it’s a part of life, but no I am not ready to talk to my 3-year-old about the birds and bees. And no, we have no idea what your ex was thinking about while he was having sex with another woman in your bed.
2. Bitches. We all know them, but do we have to refer to them as such? Especially when there are little girls in the room who still believe in best friends forever and that girls rule.
3. People who are ugly, fat or anything else like that. My 3-year-old has just about mastered the art of not calling people names. Why adults can’t do the same, I’ll never know.
4. The President. Regardless of your opinion or stance on the President’s politics, he is the leader of our country. And if we expect other people to respect him, we should do the same. We should also set the example for our kids by not bad-mouthing him every time someone will listen.
5. Kids! This one really drives me nuts. People will go on and on about how much they despise kids… in front of my kid. If you don’t have anything nice to say…
Now, is it my responsibility, as a parent, to remove my daughter when something is being said that I don’t want her to hear? Or should other people be considerate of the fact that there is a child listening? Share your thoughts in the comments.
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