It’s tough, life in these United States.
Suppose, for example, you live on the Upper West Side, in New York City.
Suppose, for example, you own a small, 3,000 square foot, $4 million condo, with only six bedrooms, a maid’s room, and just … one living room.
How will your children feel, when trying to make friends at school, if the other kids come from bigger, better homes?
It’s painful. For your child. And, for you.
Actually, all joking aside, it can get ridiculous. Mostly, parents are the ones who stress out about it, fearing that their children will be ostracized or made to feel insecure, if their peers are wealthier (or, at least, show it more).
Most children, however, don’t really care, according to some experts. Although children may mention things such as size and location, it appears they are just stating facts, making observations, not criticisms.
Maybe. Or, more likely, in my opinion, they are just wretched children.
Here are some darling quotes from the little ‘uns. You decide.
â€œI think theyâ€™re so young that theyâ€™re not doing it to be mean,ï¿½? said one teacher, who recalled how two of her young students visited her studio apartment and asked, â€œWhere is the rest of it?ï¿½?
And, this one:
One woman was hostess to her daughter’s friend. â€œI apologized to her friend for my daughterâ€™s room being so small,ï¿½? she said, knowing the friend came from a bigger home.
The friend, trying to make Ms. Roma feel better, replied, â€œThatâ€™s O.K., my sister has the maidâ€™s room.ï¿½?
And, this gem:
When asked how they viewed families who lived in smaller houses, the children said, â€˜I feel sorry for them that they have a bad house, but if they really wanted to, they could work harder and have a better one.â€™
Read more: The Toughest Critics Are the Smallest – By Teri Karush Rogers, The New York Times