Is your child clever? I mean REALLY clever? Plummy Mummy, seen at the top with Serial Mum, is convinced her own daughter Izzy is an undiscovered genius. Though, in fact, I don’t know any Mums, ANYWHERE, who would be surprised if their child were put on the G&T register*. I think Plummy would like a bit more acknowledgement from the school that Izzy was heading for great things – it would be so nice to be able to let the other Mums know too. She doesn’t believe Serial Mum for a moment – poor little Esmé must be up all hours being drilled by that frightful mother with her ‘vintage’ clothes and loose relationship with domestic order.
So, what do you say when a Mum saunters up to you at Pick-Up and gloats about how clever her offspring is. Do you say:
- “Well done him/her! You must be very proud to have such a brainy child, which surely means you and his/her father are brilliant too”.
- “Are you ……’s Mum or am I confusing you with a sociopath who lacks any sense of empathy or basic human tact?”
- “I am glad (insert child’s name) is doing so well, though just wondered how he/she’s coping with the OCD/anger issues/toilet training etc. these days?
*G&T (for children) = Gifted and Talented
G&T (for adults) = with a slice of lime of course!