Just turn it around to positive and dismissive. Something like, well yeah, he's small now, but he's still growing, who knows where he'll end up? When I read this, I called my daughter in to ask her about the shortest kid in her class, and how she thinks he handles it. Her first comment, well, mom, he's short, but he's really good in basketball. Find some things your child does well, and talk about those. Not as in bragging, just sharing. I'm wondering why you feel your family are bragging? That could simply be your interpretation that has nothing to do with their reality.
Seems to me you may have to handle your own issues with your family when it comes to being teased though.
Here's how I handle teasing. This is me personally, seems to me most people feel teasing is ok and they'll put up with it no matter how brutal it gets. For me, if the teasing seems to getting insensitive (and only you can know what that means for you), then I simply ask that it stop. Simple. Direct. No defensiveness. Just that I'm not ok with that much teasing, or that kind of teasing. Easy for anyone to understand.
Last edited by MidasGirl; 12-11-2009 at 04:27 AM.