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Learning to Talk About Tough Stuff with Children
These past few months have left me wondering when my first child grew up so quickly. He’s been asking questions that I haven’t been prepared to answer quite this early, but I don’t shy away from them.
I should have been expecting this stage but it feels like just yesterday I was having the epiphany, that I’ve begun becoming more of a teacher to my children. Helping them learn how to count, color, proper speech with all the speech therapy lessons we’ve had. Mentally I just wasn’t prepared for somethings.
Where did you learn that?
Just last month Korey started saying “I don’t like baby shows.” Regarding the fact that he had to sit through his brother’s choice in entertainment. Then he started saying “Brother do you like me? Why don’t you like me?” which are questions his brother just can’t answer.
Of course I asked him why he would think he brother doesn’t like him and it was because he wouldn’t sit right next to him. Upon asking why he thought he meant that didn’t like him, he brought up a show that he likes to watch and it happened to a character.
When do you “upgrade” the content that your child watches?
Next thing I know we were talking about heaven, if shows were limited to boys or girls andwhy his penis is big sometimes when he wakes up. Yeah as a mom of a boy I’ve realized that I didn’t know there would be so many penis questions.
With this new level of maturity, his father and I talked about looking at new shows that he could watch. The best place that I know to look is Netflix.
They just brought Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events back to the screen as a Netflix original series. Much of the debate of this show has been should children be watching this at all or if so at what age?
Korey is only 5 and turning 6 in April. While I don’t think this is a show that I am ready to let him watch yet, I think he could understand a lot of it. He is a very literal child and he hates idioms they just make no sense to him. He wants everything in black and white and you get that sense of straight forward dark comedy in this new series.
Even though he’s not ready I’ve been watching it and I love it!
However, I’ve upgraded his shows to some like Trollhunters and The Magic School Bus.
How do you decide when it’s time to have tough talks with your kids? When you do upgrade their entertainment rating?
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