I experienced one of those recently when I posted a photo in Mamamia’s parenting Facebook group The Motherish. It was a picture of my 11-year-old son, in his brand new reading glasses.
In my extremely biased opinion, he looked adorable. Unsurprisingly, that belief had not been shared by some of his classmates when he’d worn them to school the previous day. Those children decided to let him know that he “looked like he couldn’t read” (a curious insult, given that the glasses signalled literally that). The name “four eyes” was also bandied around.
And while I could easily dismiss such nonsense talk as rubbish, my son, somewhat self-conscious of his new look, wasn’t quite there yet.
I knew I needed to arm him with some hardcore comebacks. But alas, the only ones I could think of involved some hardcore swear words.
And so, I asked the lovely mums in The Motherish to hit me with their wit. They did what mums do best: give the sagest of advice and lift spirits.
They all advised ignoring the teasers, but also understood that the perfect comeback can stop mean comments from continuing.
Here are some of the best responses these brilliant mums offered: