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smile and say nothing 11 3.26%
smile and say thank you 303 89.91%
smile, say thank you, and try to make conversation 17 5.04%
O to the T to the H to the E to the R 6 1.78%
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Old 12-11-2009, 10:54 AM   #21
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i've noticed a lot of people ask my 4 month old DS questions (and expect me to respond) for ex. "Hi cutie, how old are you and what is your name... etc." I usually respond "he is very advanced, but doesn't know how to talk yet" For compliments directed to me about him I usually just smile and go... I have had to many experiences with strange strangers so I try not to encourage!
thats awesome i'll have to remember that.

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Old 12-11-2009, 10:56 AM   #22
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i do get a lot of older people commenting on my son being so well mannered or cute or something. I usually just say thanks and move on. Now that he is talking more, I see if he will say thank you or hi to them, but that is about it and if they are like a cute older person like a grand-parent kinda figure. KWIM?
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Old 12-11-2009, 10:57 AM   #23
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just depends on how I feel that day
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Old 12-11-2009, 11:03 AM   #24
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I usually smile, say thank you and move on unless it's another parent and I can tell that they're trying to make conversation then I will try to make small talk.
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Old 12-11-2009, 11:04 AM   #25
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I smile and say thank you. I thinks it's absolutely rude to ignore people in that situation.
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Old 12-11-2009, 11:04 AM   #26
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I do smile and say thank you -- perhaps striking up a conversation -- but always feel a bit awkward about the thanks. I do it to be polite, of course, but unless they're commenting on how well-behaved the girls are or something like that (which does happen), I really have very little to do with it.

THEM: "Your girls are all gorgeous!"
ME: "Oh, thanks so much!" (thinking -- why am I thanking you for complimenting someone else's physical appearance? DNA aside, I didn't really have much hand in it. ROFL)

I mean that in a nice way. We're not exactly of the "my kid is better than yours" variety, so the compliments the girls get on how cute or pretty they are often throw me. I'm pretty likely to laugh off the polite "thank you" by following it up with a silly "we think so too!" or something along those lines.
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Mostly I just smile and say thanks, if its another mommy, we might chat a bit.

I did have one SUPER CREEPY experience with this though....

We were at a pirate fair, and the kids were dressed up in costumes to match the fair theme...

Some guy came up and very weirdly kept staring at my 5year old daughter and saying how "beautiful" she was, and would I mind if he took her picture. I said yes I do mind and we hightailed it away! Now, mind you I had another child a boy along dressed up just as cute! He didn't even look AT ALL at my cute son just my daughter.




Totally different vibe than a mom saying aww, how cute they are.
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In general if it is someplace like a store and it is the store employees I will say thank you. Otherwise I just smile and nod and keep going.
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I usually just smile and say thank you, but having multiples is like being the ringleader at freakshow circus sometimes. I went into Costco a couple weeks ago and this lady YELLS across the store to her friend "Oooh my GAAAAWWD, just look at those red-headed TWINS!!!" And I could just feel all the eyes on me. I don't like attention in the first place, and I just seem to get way too much of it when I'm out with the twins. Sometimes it's hard to jsut walk away because everyone wants to ask a million questions.
OH yes...my red head gets a lot of attention. People want to touch his hair. People will actually reach out and touch it without permission!!! Or they'll ask, but when he says no, they'll try to coerce him into saying yes. Oh, and you'll get the question, if you haven't already, a BAJILLION times..."Where do they get the red hair from?" It's astonishing to me how many people lack the most BASIC knowledge of biology.
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Old 12-11-2009, 11:33 AM   #30
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I get it alot because my 4 behave pretty well when we go out. And everyone loves the baby! I smile and thank them. I do however hate it when people tell me I have my hands full or am brave for taking them all out Wth?
I get told "you have your hands full" nearly everytime I go out, I dont like it at all either. Otherwise I will say thanks and move on, because if by chance they are well behaved at that moment, it is not going to last long, and I need to move fast to get what I need to done.
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