This is a bit off the topic, but may have some resonance. A friend said once that her daughter sometimes spoke as if the mum was "the village idiot".
That made me laugh, but it also gave me a bit of strength because I realized that the children are working with a very limited amount of information. They might think we're idiots, but we're really just trying to help them see how the world of adults really works.
I hope I usually do this introduction kindly. I have to admit that sometimes I'm not so sure that I'm any better than someone addressing the other village idiot.