A bit Overparenting:
One day at the gas station cash register, I had a family with one young boy come up to the counter. Young man put it onto the counter top and said something like "Ring this up" or "Can I have this". He was at the age of 5 ish. I smiled and said, "Whats the magic word?" He froze up, but I still smiled and was ok to keep going. His parents started hollering at him "OMG We taught you that you don't know say that to the lady" just on and on. I shook my head at them, they didn't stop. Young man was crying a bit, I rang him up and whispered "It's ok honey you did fine" Felt bad for the kid.
Yesterday in the gym locker room I was trying to get changed to go work out. Two kids, around the age of 6 or so were running in there playing tag. Between locker strips, bench seats, entrance hall, single toilet. I gave them the "HEY" and evil look a few times, they just stayed away from my spot. Since I could see their mom at the mirror, I decided to not holler at them. Just the "HEY. HEY. Don't do that."Then they started fiddling around with the scale. I just said, "when you're done, I need to use it." Some credit - they got off the scale right then. But, damn, your monsters could have knocked me over!
In my heart, in my soul, I'm a woman for rock & roll.
She's as fast as slugs on barbituates.