So last night we're sitting in a restaurant waiting for our table, and a family comes in with couple kids around my daughter's age (three to five). We're all in for a long wait, and my daughter is looking for something to do. So, as she usually does in this kind of situation, she approaches the two kids and introduces herself. Little boy, hanging onto Mommy's hand, and little girl, leaning against Grandma, just stare blankly at her. No response. Mommy glances equally blankly down at my daughter (who is patiently waiting for some kind of acknowledgment), and then her zombie-like children, and starts up a conversation with Grandma. No response.
This kind of thing has happened more often than I can count. Do you people not understand that, as parents, you have the responsibility to show your children how to behave with other human beings? When someone walks up to you and says "Hi, I'm _____, what's your name?" is it appropriate in your mind to stare blankly? Can you not suggest to your child "Now you say hi," or SOMETHING?? Can you not spare so much as a smile and a half second of eye contact for the beautiful little person who's just come up to greet you? Do you understand that your children are learning from your behavior every minute you're together? Do you even care??