Staring and pointing are normal, natural parts of childhood development. Of course, we wouldn't shield our child's eyes so they don't appear to be staring, as this is nonsense and plain ignorant. The "no pointing at people" rule, however, finds its place here.
But beyond pointing and staring, I once heard a wonderful story from which we can all benefit: A mother of four from New York City was walking down the street when her kids spotted someone coming toward them in a wheelchair.
The children were young and had never seen someone in a wheelchair, and proceeded to stare. Immediately, the mother told them it was not polite to stare at others and said that they were only allowed to look if they smiled and waved or said hello.
By teaching this valuable lesson, her kids realized that they could look by smiling and saying hello and the mother avoided her kids staring, mouths agape out of curiosity. More importantly, the individual who was in the wheelchair had a lovely day because four polite and darling children smiled and said hello.
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