Preschooler has a little sore on her upper lip. “Honey, what happened to your lip?” I asked. Her prompt reply? “I got it from kissing boys.”
Thank you, Husband, for putting that little bug in her ear.
But it brings up a good point. We really have to be careful what we say in front of her. She’s old enough to pick up on phrases, including swearing. She has already said “damn it” in an appropriate context.
And I think last week I made a big mistake.
At Preschooler’s first parent-teacher conference, ever, it came out that she sometimes says “I don’t know” when asked something simple that you know she knows. After the conference, I phoned Husband, my mother, and my sister, each time relaying this information and displaying my usual predisposition towards angst and over-analyzing, by wondering out loud why she did this, how to fix it, and OH MY GOD WHAT IF SHE HAS LOW SELF-ESTEEM AND IT’S ALL MY FAULT??!!
The whole time I did this, I never thought about the fact that Preschooler was within hearing distance of all these conversations. Who knows what she picked up from it, and how that will affect her own sense of self, especially towards school.
At least now, I’m that much more aware of how I relate to her.
Also, she’s not allowed to kiss boys until she is 30.