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Say it here cause you can't say it directly- the get it off your chest thread

citygirlsmomcitygirlsmom - Posts: 13,158 Senior Member
edited September 11 in Parent Cafe
Okay, I know most of us a gracious, tactful, and subtle in person with our friends and acquaintences, saying the "right" thing, being supportive, etc

But admit it, often you would like to just blurt out the truth but don't because that would be not nice

So here is your chance to share what you really want to share with someone, who needs to here it, but you know you really can't say it to them

Here is mine:

To Parent # 1
Saw the school production your child was in , and yes your child does have stage presence, is attractive, and does an good job, but no, they should NOT consider a career in musical theater, with the intention of applying exclusively to schools or programs that need auditions. And yes, they do a nice job in the dance numbers, but no, they really have no talent in that area. Be smart, and guide them so they have lots of chances for a variety of schools- they are smart and charming but, being a dance or musical theater major is just not gonna happen, even though you see your child as the next big star....

To Parent # 2
Yes, it is wonderful your daughter is so popular, that boys call her all the time, that she is out every weekend with dates, but did you know that she has a really horrid reputation? That she as seen as very "friendly"?

Yes, I know these are a bit petty and snipey, that's why I don't say anything, but nod and change the subject, but it does feel good to vent here

Oh yeah
To Parent #3
Yes, congratulations on your son getting into College XYZ.....I think he will have a great time....too bad he cheated his way through high school

See you can't actually say this stuff, but man, it would feel good!!


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Replies to: Say it here cause you can't say it directly- the get it off your chest thread

  • janesmom1janesmom1 Registered User Posts: 258 Junior Member
    Wow, I would like to get some things off my chest too. I have a friend who blatanly insulted my older d. by stating that the school my older d. attended (many years back), her daughter was, "too good" for.

    I politely ignored her and just moved on and changed the subject about colleges... but was deeply hurt by it.

    Our daughters will both be attending college in the fall. I would love to tell her that the college her daughter will attend, my daughter is "too good" for. But really, I could never do that. My friend will soon find out when she is shelling out $$$ for such a mediocre school.
  • frazzled1frazzled1 Registered User Posts: 5,434 Senior Member
    Thank you, cgm - this is gonna be SO therapeutic! To someone who is old enough to behave better:

    "Hi. I privately refer to you as Lady Know-It-All. Is there any topic, including other people's children, on which you are not an expert? Do you have any idea of how often I have wanted to tell you to shut the *#@% up?

    "I could tune you out better if you weren't so sneaky and malicious about trying to make your daughter look better at the expense of other kids. Earlier this year you tsked-tsked and pretended to be concerned about a student we both know who was applying to top schools in a very selective major. You sounded soooo caring when you worried about "what she'd do come spring," since she was "mediocre" and "nothing special." So how did it feel to find out she got into most of these programs, including what is probably the top school in the field? HA! Wish I coulda been there.

    "Your daughter is bright and talented, but she isn't the "star" in the world we share (neither is mine, btw). You won't make her shine any brighter by putting the outstanding kids down. She also shows an unfortunate tendency to proclaim her expertise on all matters - so she apparently didn't fall far trom the tree. Lighten up."

    Wow - I feel great! :)
  • weenieweenie Registered User Posts: 5,793 Senior Member
    To anon:

    "Listen to yourself. You are an utter snob."
  • haydenhayden Registered User Posts: 4,375 Senior Member
    citygirlsmom - what a wonderful thread ! thanks.

    Here's my gripe - has been for the last 20 years:
    " Ok, distant family member. I spent the last 20 Christmases and Easters listening to how wonderful your son is, and marveling with you about his fantastic accomplishments. And I must have been stupid to think, every single year, "maybe this is the year you might finally ask how my kids are doing". But you never did. So I just kept smiling and congratulating you on yours. And of course I heard how graduating with a 3.0 from "his school" was an awesome accomplishment, since the school was so terrific. (Did you ever think that all that manly drinking you seemed so strangely proud of had something to do with a 3.0 ?) I will admit I truly did sympathize when your son got rejected from every one of the law schools he applied to (I'll tell you that was real sympathy, by the way, since you might not otherwise recognize it). But when my son graduated PBK, and got into a top law school, I kinda hoped you'd at least congratulate him. Even though you heard it from our cousin, not us, because you never bothered to ask us what he was doing.

    Oh, and one last thing: I truly, truly hope your S learns to be a caring individual from someone along the line, because at the end of the day, that means a heck of a lot more than what schools you go to. "

    Whew. Thanks. Now I can face Easter with a real smile. I feel as if I've gone to confession (and I'm Protestant).
  • jmmomjmmom Registered User Posts: 9,084 Senior Member
    Great thread, cgm. I don't need it right this minute, but I plan to resurrect it when the opportunity comes up. I'm sure it will :p.
  • BookladyBooklady Registered User Posts: 3,122 Senior Member
    doubleplay, wow. What an insensitive thing for a school to do. Last year, when our D graduated from private school, they stopped sending out a list of where each student was going to college, as they had done every year previously. Instead, the list only had college names and the number of kids attending each one. While we were told this was for "privacy reasons", I think the real reason was to minimize the amount of one-upsmanship, gossip, etc. among the parents. I'm glad they made the change.
  • citygirlsmomcitygirlsmom - Posts: 13,158 Senior Member
    its like spring cleaning!!! of the mind and soul

    everyone has these thoughts and people in their lives, and because we have tact, we say nothing, but to vent a bit like this feels gooooooooooood
  • Countdown'sBegunCountdown'sBegun Registered User Posts: 64 Junior Member
    To my neighbors who no longer invite me to their clique-ish parties and have made fun of me behind my back because, as a single mom, I decided to spend my money on a good private school that met my daughter's educational needs rather than a boob job, designer clothes, pool, exotic trips, etc. like you all have done. Guess what? Your daughter is struggling through Community College, has a horrible reputation (I am sure it has nothing to do with the thong underwear you bought her at 12 or the belly button piercing you "surprised" her with for Christmas at 14), and is a total snot. On the other hand, my daughter, even after battling a life-threatening illness for 1 1/2 yrs, forcing her to miss school for that long and graduate a year later, just got accepted into her dream school, is known for her acceptance of others, and has more interesting hobbies and interests than your daughter's obsession with "guys". Oh, and get used to my clothing. I will be paying for what the college doesn't with the money I've saved...and I won't have to file for bankruptcy to do it, like I hear three of you did last year.
  • wolfpiperwolfpiper - Posts: 661 Member
    "I really shouldn't have said anything. So please pretend I had tHE common sense to keep my trap shut because I REALLY don't relish having to avoid you for the next three months. Thanks. And no, I don't want your advice, however well-intentioned it may be."
  • corrangedcorranged Registered User Posts: 6,684 Senior Member
    That is so sad, Doubleplay. I went to a small school, and every acceptance for every student was celebrated. Students supported each other for their first choice schools, even if that first choice is a mile below your safety.

    Thumper, there are these two girls who I knew. The whole family was very annoying (and resembled many of these comments!). One of the girls was talking all about how her sister got a "full ride" at a school that only had need-based aid. My friend who was talking to her said something like, "oh, it's great that you got such good financial aid" and the other girl of course replied: "no, she got a full ride." I'd like to tell that girl that she, her brother, and her sister are nothing special. She stole the idea for her project for the state science fair, and by the way, no teenager wants to grow up to be a lobbiest.

    I'd like to tell a certain family member that yes, I realize it's very sad that your grandson probably hasn't reached his full potential, but please don't say that if he had gone to my school he would be just where I am today. I am bright, I get along with people, and I work hard. Your grandson is maladjusted, never worked hard in school (for the short time he was there), and has no aspirations or plans to go anywhere in his life. I'm sorry about that. I really am because there are many things that he could do well. I know that you're very proud of me and brag about me to people, but I hate hearing you go on and on about how this boy is so smart and could have done so well. The fact that he didn't take advantage of his opportunities and make his life go someplace is a much more telling sign of his potential for success than any smarts he may or may not have.
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