More than once in the last week I’ve heard/seen a parents use some variation of this phrase with very small (as in TWO YEARS OLD) children:
“You’re not making good choices.”
I have one thing to say to these parents (actually I have a whole lot of things to say to these parents, but this one is at the top of the list):
Two-year-olds act purely on desire. Their number one job in life is to do stupid things that will a) make a mess, b) put their lives in danger, and/or c) help them learn something by trying it.
I figure these misguided parents are either completely uneducated about child psychological development or trying way too hard to make the people around them think they’re great parents. All they’re actually doing is frustrating themselves, teaching their children nothing, and making me want to throw the red penalty flag: Illegal Procedure! Give that child back until you learn enough to be his/her parent!
Truthfully, I feel sad for these parents. They’re unknowingly trying to rush their children’s development, and in the meantime missing out on how fascinating and entertaining the condition of being two years old can be.
These parents, not their kids, are the ones who are not making good choices.