Tuesday, February 02, 2010
You Can’t Have a Boyfriend in Preschool
I knew something was strange when I picked up my daughter from school and as she was giggling hysterically. When I smiled and asked what was so funny - thinking I would get an answer like some silly picture she drew or maybe some game she had been playing - I didn’t expect to hear this:
Daughter: “Guess who I’m thinking of?”
Who? Ariel? Mommy? Daddy? …Lionel Richie?
Daughter: “MARCUS” (followed by her giggles and those of 3 friends)
“Marcus?” And they were all looking at the new boy in the corner of the room playing with Thomas trains COMPLETELY unaware of the groupies not far away.
Daughter: “He can BREAKDANCE!”
Friend #1: “Yeah! And we all like him like the way Gabrielle likes Troy!” (group giggles)
Does anybody know of a cave I can live in with my family for about 18 years or so? Preferably one with no TV and no other preschoolers with parents that allowed them to watch High School Musical, iCarly, Hannah Montana, The Hills and maybe Twilight.
I just can't get over how kids this young watch these shows. They're watching things they don't understand and shouldn't be exposed to for at least another 25-30 years.
On the drive home my daughter and I had a long conversation about boys and how they should be considered yucky at her age, and about giving me a heart-attack before I turn 40; About having friends, staying a kid, and about how she isn’t allowed to date until she’s married.
You know, typical conversation material one usually has with a 4-year old.
I think she understood. But to be sure, I made her a coloring page just to reiterate my message: