>Do you have any suggestions for the best way to respond to the ones who
>insist that birds (or kangaroos, or whatever) are just a nuisance and
>should be shot, "because that's what my Dad says"? Does one try to
>reason with them or ignore them and hope they'll shut up?
You won't have much of a hope with reasoning with younger children. They're
still too little to understand that there are reasons other than "because
that's what my Dad says". With older children, say ten or older, try to
make clear the reasons why their belief is wrong. But if you don't talk to
the parents too, your talk might not be as imposing. You talk to the kid
and they go home and say, "Dad, a lady said..."
to which their dad will probably say, "She's wrong, forget it."
That's my two cents. I'm a child, not a child psychologist.
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