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I Set a Bad Example, But I Know I’m Raising Her Right


A little story that I felt the urge to share.

This past weekend we had a birthday party for me. It was something I wanted to do since I was hitting a milestone, and it was the perfect excuse to get a bunch of my friends together outside of a conference.

There were three camps at the event: the neighborhood, college, and work friends. It was nice to see them mingling a bit and getting to at least say hi to each other.

I was trying to make sure that I introduced everyone to each other as the night went on, but later found out I didn’t do so good.

Emily and I were sitting on the couch yesterday, and I thanked her for making a great birthday cake.

That is when she turned to me and said, “It was great to meet so many of your friends, but you did a horrible job of introducing me to them. You would say who I was but didn’t tell me who they were, so I didn’t know anyone’s name.”

Big fail on my part since she hears about these friends all the time.

I messed up because you should always introduce both people rather than just one.

But, I know I’m raising her right since she knew that she could call me out on it without any worries.

We’ve always been extremely open with the kids and encourage them to question and correct things but to always do it with respect.

I may have set a bad example on party and networking etiquette, but at least I know I’m raising kids who won’t always bite their tongue when they have something to say.

Photo CreditSteve Garfield

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