On Sunday I took my 5 year old to one of his classmate's birthday parties. I don't know most of the other parents so I really don't enjoy these birthday. But my 5 year was excited, so we went.
The birthday girl cried and didn't want to participate. I felt bad for her and for her parents.
I sat down and eavesdropped on the conversation of 2 moms sitting next to me. One mom asked the other why she choose the Japanese preschool for her daughter since neither her nor her husband are Japanese. She said that she likes the respect the Japanese teach. The idea that you take your shoes off when entering the school. The bowing to the teachers and things like that. She went on to say how respectful her daughter is. That she teaches respect and obedience at home. That is part of her own upbringing and culture. She went on about how well behaved her daughter is etc...
I was tempted to ask her to take her own feet off the table. And then to let her know that her daughter was ignoring the gym instructors and wouldn't finish her turn on the jumpy thing as she was asked to.
But I didn't.
I can't wait for the next birthday party.