Conversations with Minnie two hours past bedtime (see previous post on bedtime issues)…
Minnie: Momma, when I am a teenager I am never having that s word.
Minnie: You know, sex. I am never having it ever. And I am never drinking. It smells bad, so I am sure it tastes bad. And I don’t like smoking, so that won’t happen either. In fact, I don’t intend to get in trouble at all – other than maybe one detention, because, you know, I will be a teenager.
Now, I am sure this would be a wonderful opportunity to discuss sex, but is it wrong that I kind of want her to feel that way? Obviously, not the never part, just the teenager part. I will have many sex talks with her – it is actually the main area of parenting that I would like to vastly improve upon my parents’ parenting method. They never, ever discussed sex. The weekend before I graduated they did mention that I shouldn’t drink or do drugs, etc. They lived in a fools world where their children didn’t make mistakes, but let me assure you, we did. I know mine may and likely will, but they will be armed with knowledge. Both have a predisposition for drug and alcohol abuse on their birth parents’ side, so those conversations have already started.
Minnie will know everything she needs to, but for now, I love the innocence of her being 8. I have no idea why she is coming downstairs 2+ hours past bedtime to make these proclamations or what triggered it, but I am going to sleep secure in the fool’s notion that my daughter will remain a non smoking, non drinking, non trouble making virgin forever. And for now, I will sleep like a baby in this knowledge….denial is a beautiful thing 🙂