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What a shopping experience I had today with my 4yr old son being quite the chatterbox & asking a trillion questions but then came the awkward moment that every parent dreads……”Look at the fat lady.Why is she so fat?” Gosh, I was hoping the floor would swallow me up whole & I think ” the lady” hoped it would swallowed her up too. I praised my son for having such an observant eye to notice that people come in all sorts of shapes & sizes, with different coloured skin, eyes & hair. After a few moments of pondering my answer he then replies that everyone “would look boring just like a bunch of broccoli”??? Anyone else had a sticky moment when your kids have stated the obvious?


Posted by damish70, 19th May 2014


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  • nice exellent

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  • nice story to have a read

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  • Yep, on the way to school they asked why Miss S’s mum was so fat. We were only just be find them.

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  • We were in a shopping centre and one of my girls said “man has no legs” and pointed and laughed (she is 2) then looked worriedly and asked how he walked. I wanted to die. I said its not funny and that the man can get around in a wheelchair. God I had no idea what to say and I was so embarrassed, thankfully the man didnt look twice or say anything to me. I felt so sorry for him, I would like to think he didnt hear her, but I’m sure he did.

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  • I’m dreading the day my daughter says something like this…

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  • yep been there before and its horrible but dont stress about

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  • thankfully most people are understanding

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  • I have had kids ask why I am fat, and I just say isn’t it lucky some are fat and some are thin otherwise we would all be the same!

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  • When my son was three or four, we needed to get home in a taxi one day. We had just started the trip when my son said loudly, “Mummy, that’s the fattest man I ever saw”. I didn’t know what to say because it was true. I just blurted out “Oh, look at that truck! Let’s count trucks”. What do you do?

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  • My son loudly asked why a man at the train station only had one leg, when I told him I didn’t know, my son proceeded to go up to the man and asked him directly! To his credit the man answered all his questions and said he actually preferred it when people asked him rather than talked about it loudly so he could hear behind his back.

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  • Yes I have. I have never forgotten the time a few years ago in the supermarket when a larger lady was buying multiple packets of chips and the shelf was almost bare as there was a big special on them and my son said “Mummy that lady is taking all the chips, why is she taking all the chips?”

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  • I look pretty young for my age, but I remember going into coles with my baby, I had no makeup and my hair up. A toddler turns to her mum and says ‘why is that little girl holding a baby’ lol apart of me was like woop woop no Botox for me but then I also don’t want to look like a ‘little girl’.

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  • love your story and kids with be kids but you explained it nicey to him

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  • Oh yes my daughter very loudly on a train pointed out how large a man was.. And that wasn’t the words she used. There was no where to hide.

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  • Ohhh hahah i remember a kid saying this the me years ago. I took it literally at the time but now i have my own son and hear some of the stuff he comes out with!

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