Thank you so much for sharing this. I’m a pediactric speech and language pathologist and this topic comes up often. The beauty in what your son did that day by disclosing dad’s age, is he highlighted that it’s our response to this question that is the issue not that he said how old dad is. Some speech therapists will say, maybe you should ask the person first, “Can I ask you how old you are?” But, this goes back to what I highlight in the article, it implies that after a certain age we no longer claim our years and celebrate them the way a child does. It’s a larger shift that needs to happen, and your son was wise and honest enough to know it :)

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