Castigation or Encouragement?

 

I overheard a few things this week.  Things people say to children, very, very small ones.  Generally irrelevant, but there’s some wisdom for tweens, in the last one.

 

“Don’t talk like that I’m not listening.  Stop whining like a baby.  You’re nearly five, act your age.”

 

“May god forgive you, I surely won’t.”

 

“You’ll never get to Harvard if you don’t do your homework.”

 

“We had another mom in here today with kids in a buggy, almost as loud as yours.  She gave them bananas to shut them up.”

 

“You’ll never be important enough not to offer someone a helping hand.”

 

And one more from England, my favorite, which I’ve already adopted:-  “You are the giddy limit.”

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