Don’t make small talk about my daughter’s appearance | Make a different kind of small talk with the next little girl you see. - Where have you been today? or Where are you going today? - How old are you? - What do you want to be when you grow up? - What’s your favorite book/toy/sport/animal/food/song? - Check out your surroundings and remark on something such as a flowering plant, a truck, a picture on the wall, even the weather. - Or just imagine what you would say to her if she were boy.
TRUE...I did this with my students, and I do it now with Landon. It's much more effective at getting their attention, and the ones who tend to goof off more when embarrassed don't get the attention of the people around them when you're correcting them.