My eleven-month-old daughter’s chubby legs attract a lot of attention from friends and family who feel the urge to squeeze her thighs and exclaim about her fat rolls. This got me wondering: I wonder at what age this no longer becomes acceptable? Could I go up to the chubby girl at work, grab her thighs with my hands, and mutter through clenched jaws and gritted teeth about how biteable her legs are? Probably not.
Why do we instruct our children to do the right thing, and then berate them for being tell-tales when they let us know that their friends are doing wrong?
After nearly six years of being a parent, these are just two of the many questions which remain unanswered.