This morning, I had the opportunity to shine as a mommy, and I blew it. If you have been reading my blog, you know that my Libby is careful, serious and follows all the rules. My Joanna, is not as fond of the rules. She is constantly looking for ways to get around them and is much more wild than Libby ever was.
So this morning, I was talking to Joanna and she told me a little boy in her class had a girlfriend. I asked who his girlfriend was (no, we haven't hit the bad parenting yet). she told me and then said she wanted a boyfriend (hold on to your seats, here is where the bad parenting starts). I told her no. She could not have a boyfriend. I have to admit, I panicked. Why else would a grown woman who firmly believes abstinence-only education doesn't work, resort to telling her five year old that she could not have a boyfriend. I then asked why she wanted a boyfriend. She told me she wanted to kiss him. At this point, my panic hit full tilt. I woke up my husband so he too could tell Joanna she could not have a boyfriend to kiss. Of course, this meant I violated another good parenting rule by telling someone else what she told me. When this happened, all my good parenting rules went right out of my head and the one driving force was, "No, my 5-year old can not kiss a boy."
I know there are parents who figure it is cute and that they are too young and it doesn't mean anything, but I look at it as experimentation. I would rather have my kids experimenting with boyfriends when they are older (much, much older, maybe 25). Besides, the little boy she has her eye on can't write yet, how is he going to complete On the Verge's boyfriend application.
If anyone has any suggestions on where I can go from here (or any ways to save the situation), I would be very grateful. Also, looking for any suggestions to drive away the boys.
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