Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Kids say the funniest things...

Last night, Paul and I watched Gnomeo and Juliet with the girls.  Afterwards, we told them that we were going to watch a rated R movie and that they could either read or watch TV in the den (aka Paul's man cave/fourth bedroom).  Sierra wanted to know why they couldn't watch the rated R movie.  Daddy spoke up and says, "Because it will probably have violence, and bad words, and maybe even sex in it," at which point I entered that it was just "scary."  So Sierra looks at us all funny and runs away.  I called her back in here, since Paul introduced the idea, and she seemed like she might know what we were talking about, I had to get to the bottom of things.  I asked her, do you know what sex is?  She shrugged, and said I think so....so I said, "what do you think sex means?"  She proceeds with "When people are sleeping together, and then they smoke or something," Paul and I started cracking up laughing.  We left it at that.

Personally, I want to know what kids think about certain words.  I know kids talk, and if they know what a certain word means, I want to know what their impression of it.  Is it wrong that I didn't correct her?  I personally don't want her to even know the word sex exists, but realistically, she already does.  And TV must have taught her that sex also equals smoking, lol.  It doesn't in this household, but I think maybe on certain comedy shows that it might.  I can't help it if my girls see certain things, and to be honest unless it is rated R (and not shown on normal television), I won't stop them from watching it.  The girls like The Simpsons, they get a kick out of How I met your Mother, Autumn even enjoys watching The Biggest Loser with me.  All I'm saying is that you can't shelter your child at all times, no matter how much you want to.  I asked Paul why he said the s word to our 6 year old.  He said he was just being honest.  He has a point.  I just wanted to write it off as scary, it works better for me that way.  Someday, if my daughters ask about sex and I feel that they are at an appropriate age to hear and learn about it, I'll be more honest.  For now, I'm just going to let them think that its when two people sleep together, and then go smoke, LOL!

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