When you tell relatives about the kids is it bragging or advertising ;)

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Registered: 08-06-2009
When you tell relatives about the kids is it bragging or advertising ;)
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Thu, 08-18-2011 - 11:59am
What was the saying it is not a brag if it is a fact?
Are you a boaster or more one who listens to others?
Do you ever find your limiting talking about your kids?
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Registered: 04-30-2000

I know there is a very thin line about sharing and bragging. I for one get very tired of people whose kids/grandkids can do NO wrong, who do everything perfectly. Sports, grades, jobs, etc...

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Registered: 09-19-2006
I don't think I talk about my kids much. I kind of stick to the big generic events - started school today, got his license today, had a birthday party ect.. Even then I tend only to share these things when others ask. My parents never bragged about me and I just don't have the desire to do so. Sometimes I am annoyed when people with kids the same age as mine talk on and on about their own children and don't even ask even the most basic questions about my kids. But mostly I find it humorous. My mom always told me a story about my grandpa. He was talking to someone who was bragging on and on about his doctor grandson. At the end of the conversation grandpa just smiled and mumbled approval. My mom asked why didn't you tell him about your two doctor grandsons(neither of which were my mom's kids.). Grandpa turned and looked at her and said "he didn't care about my grandchildren.".

No truer words ...

Robin
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Registered: 04-30-2000

I love your post Robin!

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Registered: 04-16-2009

Read the article and got bored. There is a diffence between "going on and on" and a statement of fact. All she needed to say was that her kid was a whiz in the kitchen or whatever.

I am not amazed nor in awe at what my kids do. That sentiment I find very strange.

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Registered: 09-19-2006
Wow, I actually hadn't read the article, but I agree with you. I got bored. She seemed like the perfect example of someone who rambles on and on. Does she really think I care what she ate for dinner last Tuesday - even if her son did make it.
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Registered: 02-14-2000

I confess I didn't read the article. Like some of the others I hate it when people go on and on about their kids and how they can do no wrong. That being said - I probably have talked about my kids a lot over the years because they were such a huge part of my life. Not (hopefully) in a bragging way but more in the day to day what they're doing way. And as far as when they mess up - yes I've talked about that, both on the boards and to some people IRL. For me I found comfort in the fact that I wasn't alone that my kids weren't perfect!

Pam
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Registered: 09-19-2006
I kind of give the people on these boards a break because I figure the reason we all come here is to talk about our kids. I personally find it nice to be able to talk about my kids anonymously.
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Registered: 10-25-2006

How much I talk about our sons depends on the person I happen to be speaking with.

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Registered: 01-05-2005

I must be the only one who read the article and found it