Sex Questions From Seventh Graders of the Day: Ah, the question as old as time.
See more awkwardly funny sex inquiries at the official Tumblr of an anonymous American middle school teacher.
Both hilarious and terrifying. At least they have a safe place to ask those questions and get them answered.
(CNN) — My daughter occasionally goes on a hugging and kissing strike.
She’s 4. Her parents could get a hug or a kiss, but many people who know her cannot, at least right now. And I won’t make her.
“I would like you to hug Grandma, but I won’t make you do it,” I told her recently.
“I don’t have to?” she asked, cuddling up to me at bedtime, confirming the facts to be sure.
No, she doesn’t have to. And just to be clear, there is no passive-aggressive, conditional, manipulative nonsense behind my statement. I mean what I say. She doesn’t have to hug or kiss anyone just because I say so, not even me. I will not override my own child’s currently strong instincts to back off from touching someone who she chooses not to touch.
I figure her body is actually hers, not mine.
It doesn’t belong to her parents, preschool teacher, dance teacher or soccer coach. While she must treat people with respect, she doesn’t have to offer physical affection to please them. And the earlier she learns ownership of herself and responsibility for her body, the better for her.
(More at the source.)
Filing this under “things to teach my children.”
This is pretty cool parenting.
I agree with this, but at the same time, I am not going to wait to ask for permission from my crying daughter before I rub her back to soothe her. If she flinches or says something, of course I will respect that.
Somedays, when she arrives to her classroom, she is greeted with hugs from several classmates, but they are also taught to respect one another’s space, too. I actually saw a chase happen once because *dammit* that kid wanted her hug!
It’s not about you having to ask for permission to hug your daughter, it’s about you not telling her to touch anyone she doesn’t want to touch. It’s about respecting her not having to touch anyone, not you and your ability to touch her.
Awesome parenting at it’s awesomest.
This Is All Kinds Of Wrong of the Day: Kameron Slade, a fifth-grader from Queens, NY, was scheduled to deliver a speech as part of a school-wide competition at PS 195. But when the principal learned Kameron’s speech was about same-sex marriage, he was ordered to choose a new topic or lose the opportunity to speak.
From the banned speech:
Some people are for same-gender marriage, while others are against it. Like President Obama, I believe that all people should have the right to marry whoever they want. Marriage is about love, support, and commitment. So who are we to judge? If we judge people like this, this is a form of prejudice. We must learn to accept all differences. …
My mom is very open to me about same-gender marriage. However, some adults may feel uncomfortable and think it’s inappropriate to talk about this to children. I think adults must realize that as children get older, they become aware of these mature issues that are going on in the world. If children read or watch the news, they can learn about things like same-gender marriage, so what’s the point in trying to hide it?
In conclusion, I hope that everyone understands how important it is to respect everyone for who they are. Same-gender marriage is becoming more popular. I believe that same-gender marriage should be accepted worldwide and that parents and teachers should start to discuss these issues without shame to their children.
I need to preface this (for some people), by saying that I don’t really like kids, and I don’t plan on having any ever. But, with that said, I’ll take 3 of this one please.
“Can you hold this for a second, I need to go and check out the others (to make sure they aren’t also wrong - *eye roll* idiots).”
(Holy crap. SO cute.)
kids recreate lady gaga’s telephone video. (via videogum)
i’ve said this a million times but the only reason i would ever have children is to make them do things like this. i will not accept having a child who is not internet famous.
Weirdly today seems to be full of things that most people like, and I do not, and yet I find myself enjoying them. Granted these kids aren’t “babies” exactly, more like toddlers, which is fine. They are like small humans at that point.
ANYWAY! Here is a toddler recreation of Telephone.