Thursday, November 14, 2013

Humble Brag

Question: what is the proper response when a stranger tells you your child is cute/adorable/darling/ etc?

This happens a lot to me when Ollie and I are out and about (warned you this was a humble brag), as I'm sure it happens to all parents.  I always feel awkward saying "thanks" because it's really a compliment for Ollie, not me. But since he can't talk and could care less if he's cute I just stand there and say something dumb like "well, I think so, but I'm biased".

When someone I know says Ollie is cute I have no problem agreeing and building upon their compliment, but there is something about a stranger congratulating me on my child's looks that turns me into a babbling idiot. Don't get me wrong, I love to hear it, but I have no good response.

Does anyone feel the same or am I the weirdo in these situations? Is it best just to say thanks and move on?

looking cute at greenlake


  1. I know what you mean. "Thanks" sounds awkward, I usually say something to the effect of, "Yes, we think so," similar to your reply. I wish a big smile and nod would be considered an appropriate response. :)