I was in the store today and overheard a conversation a woman was having with her 6 year old son.
Mom: "Well, one of the things that Daddy and I need to work on is teaching you that there are three people in our family, not just you."
At this point she looked up and saw me standing there. I think she felt she had an audience, and that this was her opportunity to show me what a good parent she was. I didn't even make eye contact with her, but she still performed for me.
Son: "Can I have some Chips Ahoy?" (chocolate chip cookies)
Mom: "Have you ever tasted them before? No, because I've never bought them for you before. They have preservatives in them! And they have all kinds of chemicals that you can't even pronounce."
I'm sure she felt she was demonstrating what a good parent she was. I just kept thinking how sad it was that he had never tasted a Chips Ahoy cookie. I don't know if I feel more sad for him that he is an only child who will have his parents' 100% attention, (meaning---more attention than most people can stand.) or that I feel sorry for him because they have extreme thinking, and want him to grow up in a bubble.