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IMO Its a Little Rude if a Child

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says,"Hi" to an adult and they hear them and don't speak back. Especially a small child. Honestly I think its rude if anyone speaks to someone and they don't speak back but especially a young child. I guess I was just brought up this way and I live in a generally hospitable place so I'm used to being greeted by strangers half the time and the opposite. Lately though in stores, etc I've seen children(including my toddler) speak to adults and aduts purposely ignore them. Granted we all have our days and I can understand not wanting to say hi to the same kid 3 times but I wonder how small children feel when they greet someone and there is no greeting in return?


Very interesting viewpoints. I definitely learned something with this post... And like I said previously I'm guessing that the various feelings etc on this topic are based on upbringing and location. Some of you are saying that carrying on conversations or following strangers trying to speak to them is rude, I agree. But I don't believe a simple hello is. I was taught that to say hi is polite but to not wander away with a stranger or interrupt conversations, busy people, etc. My son is recently 2 so at this age I think busy is a concept he doesn't get yet but I'll keep trying to teach him that. And I'll also be teaching him that everyone does not want to talk.

Posted by Anonymous on Jun. 24, 2013 at 9:58 AM
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V.Dubbya
by Silver Member on Jun. 26, 2013 at 7:44 PM
These two combined. I say hi to people who speak to me and teach my kids to respond in kind when spoken to (while in the company of a trusted adult). However, I don't want them initiating conversations with strangers until they're able to 1) discern a suspicious / dangerous situation and 2) read social cues to know who's approachable or not.

Quoting PhoenixV:

This, although I will say hi usually. I however, do not want my kids randomly going up to strangers and saying hi.

Quoting illinoismommy83:

The little kids can learn a life lesson. Not everyone wants to chat. Maybe the person is deaf. Maybe they are a sex offender who is not allowed to speak to kids. Maybe they just don't want to talk and wish to be left alone.

And no, while I'm studying in the adult section of the library I do not want to say hi to your child, even if I do hear them. I'm ignoring them so they go away.


TinyDancer428
by Member on Jun. 29, 2013 at 5:47 PM
If a child tells me hi or waves I say it back or wave back.

My 2 1/2 year old is very friendly and always tells everyone hi even if it's just people driving by when she's watching from our front window.
Diane1223
by Silver Member on Jul. 6, 2013 at 12:43 AM
I am very outgoing, and I feel the same way
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