Kids Behaving Badly
Is asking someone how their kids behave in public an offensive thing to ask? It probably is since it’s something I kind of asked in an email. I think it’s usually a given that anything that comes out of my mouth has a 50% chance of annoying someone.
It seems to me fair to ask someone if their kids behave well in public but maybe I’m skewed because of my personal situation. I don’t mean does your kid say please, thank you and sit quietly never saying a word. I mean does your kid scream and run around and raise holy hell to the point we can’t have a conversation? I think that is fair to ask someone.
I figure if you came to my house with your kids you might ask how my cats behave. Will they scratch, bite or eat your child? My answer would be to avoid the pretty striped one but the black and white one is a walking teddy bear.
I don’t think it’s fair to say “you don’t understand, you don’t have kids” because obviously I don’t understand and I don’t understand on purpose. I don’t really want to know what it’s like, not from experience at least. It’s not that I don’t want to meet your kids or that I’ll storm out if they get cranky, I just want to know what I’m up against.
Am I out of line? Is it just a sensitive subject?