Sorry to state the obvious but kids really are so much more worldly wise these days. When I was 7 or 10 for that matter, I really didn’t know much about anything outside my own little world. I remember my friend Anne telling me how babies were made when I was 8, she made a point of telling me that the man does it with his penis, and mispronounced the word penis by not elongating the “e” sound, this still amuses me. I didn’t actually believe her and furthermore wouldn’t have considered asking my parents questions about it. In comparison, younger boy asks numerous questions and has gone as far as to tell me that he thinks he will have sex in about 8 years time. Surely that’s too early but I’m choosing not to dwell on it for now.
Older boy seems to have spent more time cultivating his knowledge of drugs and alcohol. The other day he told me about a documentary he had watched and went on to tell me lots of facts and figures about nationwide drug use. I stepped in and told him that I sincerely hoped he wouldn’t get into drugs when he’s older. Again, I am very much an innocent when it comes to the world of drugs and I had to stop myself from sounding slightly hysterical about what he was telling me. He then concluded that he couldn’t imagine himself doing anymore more than taking a small amount of marijuana in his late teens if he has had a lot of drink. here’s hoping that rings true.
When it comes to alcohol, I am of he opinion that it shouldn’t be bigged up too much. For this reason, I have allowed the boys to have an occasional sip if I am having a drink, with the underlying hope that they wont like it. The law on kids and alcohol does baffle me somewhat though, I’ll never quite understand why it is legal for a 6 year old to drink alcohol at home, whilst it is illegal for a 15 year old to walk a dog on their own. Nevertheless, only time will tell whether the approach I am taking is the right one, I’ll let you know in ten years.