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Children commenting on adult's appearance - not actually offended but know it shouldn't be encouraged - how to handle effectively?

Discussion in 'Behaviour' started by minnieminx, Apr 6, 2011.

  1. minnieminx

    minnieminx New commenter

    I have a couple of yellow lumpen marks just below my eyes, something to do with High Cholesterol even though I don't have it! Sometimes children say things like 'Urgh what are they?' I generally say they are just marks and that it is rather rude to comment on someone's appearance. Usually they apologise.

    No-one has ever been deliberately rude or offensive, just curious I think.
  2. Tom_Bennett

    Tom_Bennett Occasional commenter

    I think it would be quite appropriate of you to take the time to explain that this isn't socially acceptable- at the primary stage, many children are insufferably innocent about what does and doesn't constitute polite conduct (funnily enough. And it also provides Harry Hill with endless clips of sweet, clueless little 'uns pulling at Granny's beard, or calling people fat). So it would probably be a very useful piece of socialisation for you to point them in the right direction.
    I think that your context-dependent approach is the right strategy; if you think they're being rude in any way then tear a strip off them. But with the younger ones you should guide rather than clobber.
    Good luck

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