Micro Adults

largeThe other day I was walking through Target looking for another hundred things to purchase aside from what I actually needed when I overheard a mother/daughter interaction.

The mother was walking ahead of the daughter, who could not have been more than 4 years old. Her micro fashion was on point, and her pink sparkle purse did not disappoint.

 

Mother:  Maddie, keep up you are too far behind.

Maddie:  I know. I’m really slacking today. This is what got my attention. How doe she know the term slacking? She’s just a peanut!

Mother:  You sure are slacking.

Maddie:  Mommy! You’re not supposed to agree with me.

Mother:  Well, you’re not keeping up with me today.

Maddie:  I know that, but you’re supposed to tell me it’s ok that I’m slacking.

Mother:  It’s not ok.

Maddie:  I know that, but I don’t want you to say it because I already know it.

Mother:  Speechless

Me:  Good luck.

This made me take pause. What was I doing at Maddie’s age? Probably eating dirt or glue. 

Not looking like a miniature rock star that’s for sure. I just wore what my sister wore but in a different color.

Not using words like slacking.  I don’t think it was in the dictionary yet.

Not having an adult conversation with my mother in the middle of a store. I did not speak adult at age 4, and we did not go to stores.

Honestly, I don’t think I could handle the likes of  Maddie in my house. It was hard enough trying to control real children, let alone a micro adult. Yes, Maddie, once upon a time, in the United States of America, kids were second-class citizens, and they were all the better because of their status.

Without sounding like a complete fart who thinks things were better “back in the day,” I’m going to go out on a rooftop to scream it loud and clear today.

Parents need to take a step back to realize that their only function is to raise their youngins to be solid citizens. Not superheroes.

They don’t have to be the best student or athlete. They do not need to be micro adults. They do not need to be held up on a pedestal 24/7.  It’s “ok” to be second. 

They just need to be a benefit to the world, and believe it or not there is a straightforward lesson plan. Consistently treat others the way you want to be treatedBam! Mission accomplished. 

Now, let me go find that rooftop before the Maddie’s of the world take over.

Enjoy the Ride!

 

 

 

13 responses

  1. Isn’t it awesome what we overhear while out shopping? And…I’m so thankful none of my kids were divas like Maddie.

    1. Omg, I know I couldn’t handle her … lol! I’m too weak.

  2. Hear, hear! Too old at too young an age!

    1. They from diapers to cell phones in the blink of an eye.

  3. I’m totally with you on this! But I do have to say that I am extremely jealous of the fun, sparkly costumes kids get to wear everywhere nowadays. I was lucky if I wasn’t wearing hand-me-down t-shirts and jeans from my big brothers.

    1. The outfits, shoes, and accessories are just adorable. Lord knows I never saw any of it other than on Christmas & Easter.

  4. This is so funny. Love…what was I doing at Mattie’s age, probably eating dirt or glue. You’re a riot Top. Humor is your strength.

  5. PS. I think I’ve seen Maddie on the upper east side, slacking. She had a Cartier Tank and Gucci purse. Well it looked like her alright. 🙂

    1. No doubt! I love the cute little clothes, but not the rest.

  6. I am kind of curious to see Maddie in ten years. At a distance. As a person who woke up with a sticker from an apple in her hair this morning, super hard for me to relate to people who are already functioning highly at four.

    1. Hahaha! That is so funny. She might be running the world in 10 years.

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