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The Great Bumper-Sticker Debate

Is it proper to brag about one's kids in public?

Published: August 20, 2011


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Visitor Comments: 44

(40) Anonymous, September 12, 2011 4:55 PM

You know who you are

My father, of blessed memory, taught us the following principle to live by: "You know who you are." You don't need to let others know about you or your children's accomplishments. You should praise your children, but let others praise you/your children. You need not let others know how special your children are-one of the greatest pleasures is to hear others sing your children's praises. I believe in modesty, and the bumper stickers are merely an advertisement to the world, "Look at me! Look at how special my chldren are!" In light of the Rabbi's comment that we could have bumper stickers praising our children's kind acts, I think we should teach our children that acts of kindness should be made without the expectation of recognition.

Anonymous, September 13, 2011 4:28 PM

agree

AGREE!

(39) Ms. J. Poler, August 28, 2011 11:57 PM

Don't agree! Could cause jalousie among friends, relatives, between the children. if you are so proud of your kid tel him/her how you feel and so fourth. Bragging about your children can can cause evil eye did you know that?? think about it.

(38) Carolyn, August 27, 2011 7:26 PM

It's the "my" I have a problem with.

One of the things I think a parent struggles with is the idea that because it is MY child, the accomplishment reflects MY accomplishment. To an extent, it does; however some times we forget that this child is an individual and needs to know that. Therefore, I would be less inclined to "brag" to others about his/her accomplishments and more inclined to thank G-d for this person I call MY kid and to tell MY kid how proud I am of his/her accomplishments.

(37) Anonymous, August 26, 2011 11:27 PM

I think it is inappropriate to brag in public.Let the child know how proud you are of him or her. Those who don't know you or your child don't really care. Tell your family and friends by allmeans but don't brag.There is a vast difference berween being proud of your child and bragging. How does someone whose child does not have the capacity to achieve those same heights feel when you brag ?I think some consideration should be given to who you are relating to.

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