Re: Recovering from a Bad Playdate
posted at 5/31/2013 8:14 AM EDT
Oh, gosh, ml, that sure is embarrassing, but remember, THEY have a 3 year old, too! Those things happen. It's like having your boss point out your fly is down. You laugh it off and go on. If that ruins the relationship, it wasn't worth having, honestly. She'll find new friends and doesn't need those crazy uptight freaks as friends if they react poorly. Bring it up and treat it with the levity it deserves, a little embarrassed giggle and "life with a 3 yo" knowing attitude. If they reject that, shame on them.
ETA: Think about the Clorox ad where the little boy says, "I made poopy!" and mom looks in the toilet and asks, "Where?!" You cannot be alone in this situation if Clorox capitalizes on this common, relatable experience to sell bleach.
ETA 2: You can make a joke, "Gee, maybe those crazy 'dog people' who are forever comparing their dogs to our toddlers have a bit of a point." Or, "Success! No poopy in the panties! We take what we can get, right?!" I happen to like the first one better, lol, seeing as though I AM one of those crazy dog people who does see remarkable similarities. ;)
Really, though, the upshot is that 3 year olds do and say zany things that embarrass us, most of which we wish we could still do and get away with, lol. Yesterday I was walking the dog down a dirt road with ONE house on it and had to pee so bad I actually did hide (marginally) behind some ferns and got 'er done. 10 minutes later, the neighbor who lives down there DROVE BY. Ugh, how embarrassing would THAT have been?!