Dear Savvy Auntie,

I recently had my niece say something really judgmental on Super Bowl Sunday. I said that Gladys Knight looked great in her outfit, and my 11-year-old niece said “Yeah, you’re probably saying that because she so old.” I felt defensive and wanted her to understand that it’s not nice to call someone old.

I did not call her out on her statement because her parents that were in the room at the time and I didn’t make a big deal of her overly judgmental statement. I was curious though, should I have said something to her regardless of her parents not really caring to correct her?

Ageism Auntie

Dear Ageism Auntie,

Good for you! A lecture on ageism is heavy handed, particularly when her parents didn’t chime in.

I can understand your feeling, but it isn’t about you. This is natural comment from a young girl. As she grows older her perspective will change, both about looks and age.

I suggest you take your strong beliefs and put them to good us -- whether in the arena of politics, fashion, or the media. Our society is becoming less prejudice and still needs people like yourself.

Good luck,
Natalie Robinson Garfield

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