What do you say when relatives attempt to guilt your child into giving them affection?
Again, I was passing through MILs house to get to my house because I don't feel comfortable going to the backyard through the gangway by myself. Shady people have been seen in our backyard.. anyways, MIL asked DD1 (3yo) for a kiss. "No, I'm going home" (not being snooty, just a sincere "no"). MIL says "ohhh DD2 (12mos) will give me my kiss!" MIL asks and DD2 lunges for MIL with an open mouth (um, ick, but cute I guess, lol. DD2 is a smoocher...). DD1 shrugs. She doesn't care. She's still walking towards the back door. Mil whines "Eaughhhhoohhhhh!!! I'm going to be soooo vewwy sad if yew don't gib me a kissss!! euooooghhh! *fake cries*" DD1 replies again, (firmly) NO, BYE GRANDMA, I'm going home now. I replied to DD (as I'm following her, but still so MIL can hear), "Don't worry, N, no one is going to be sad. Let's go and make dinner."
It didn't phase my DD one way or the other but MIL isn't the only one who does this (she's just the most dramatic, lol). What do you say to people? Should I even mention it to the person or should I just redirect my DD and act the same way I did (Don't worry, no one will be sad, etc. You don't have to kiss anyone you don't want to, etc.)?
I hate when people try to coerce affection out of a kid. I don't even do that, and they're MY kids!!