My daughter has no respect for adults. Last week she told off a staff member at her primary school.
It was recess, and all the kids were playing in the school yard. Two little children, who had just started school, were talking to each other in the language they speak with their families at home.
“You should be speaking English,” the staff member – not a teacher – scolded them.
My daughter overheard and jumped to the defence of the girls.
“You can’t say that!” she said. “They can speak whatever language they like.”
My daughter is 10, and in the last year of primary school. She doesn’t hesitate to give her opinion to anyone.
She went camping recently, and a group of adults was leading a singalong around the campfire. One of them handed out song sheets. My daughter stood up to raise objections to some of the songs, including one about putting frogs in a blender.
“It’s cruelty to animals!” she announced to the bemused adults. “We shouldn’t sing these songs.”
Kids aren't afraid to express their opinions, and that's good. Photo via iStock.
A month or two back, I was shopping with my daughter, and she noticed signs near the toys. One sign said “Perfect for boys” and the other “Perfect for girls”. My daughter marched up to the woman behind the checkout to complain.
“You don’t need these signs,” she said. “Boys and girls should be able to choose whatever toys they like.”
Me, meanwhile, I’m standing quietly nearby. I’m not generally the sort of person to make a scene, even when I believe something is wrong. I’m more likely to think outraged thoughts and unload later to someone I know will be on my side. Maybe, if I’m really upset, I might write a very firmly worded email.