Should we discourage silly child's behavior?
February 20, 2008 6:21 AM Subscribe
My friend's 9-year-old daughter acts like this
, what can she do?
posted by uvaleg to Human Relations (29 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
My friend's daughter is a complete goofball. She is the sweetest kid, but when I read this post
, I saw her future. When the child--let's call her Jenny--is in public, she has a tendency to act like a puppy or make goofy faces and jump around like a frog... all behaviors that are obviously meant to be cute and funny, but which are a bit embarrassing. Her mother is very annoyed by her daughter's behavior, I see it on her face every time, and gets easily frustrated and snaps at Jenny about it. Jenny's father (who lives in another state) is very socially awkward and weird, so I suspect she's somehow inherited this behavior. I'm sure Jenny doesn't intend to be annoying, so is there something her mother (and the rest of us who care about her) should be doing or saying to discourage this behavior or teach her that it's embarassing before she turns into an adult whose friends secretly find her incredibly irritating? Or should Jenny just be allowed to "be who she is" and should we trust that she'll grow into the person she's destined to be?
I should add that Jenny has been diagnosed as being ADHD and is currently on Ritalin for that problem. Also, I'm not yet a parent... I do, however, see how much this bothers my friend and thought I'd solict a little advice from you smarties...