The Tipping Point
You knew this day would come, but did it have to be so soon? You're out in public with your child and all of a sudden you hear, "You're embarrassing me!"
What did you do? Most likely, your parental faux pas won't scar your child for life, but as she grows, she'll begin moving away from family familiarity towards greater independence. This is all perfectly normal. According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, a child's struggle towards independence can include rudeness, a desire to be left alone and a heightened sensitivity to their new peer group.