You may remember Shawn shared a very funny first day of kindergarten with us here. So when I heard the latest excerpt in the book of excitement that is his daughter, “Minnie,” you know my first question was, “Can I share this on the blog?”
Seems Mom and Dad recently received an e-mail from Minnie’s kindergarten teacher. The e-mail briefly stated that Minnie and a male classmate had announced “they were in love” in school that day.
The teacher explained that some parents think an announcement like this is funny or cute, but on the other hand, some have gotten quite upset by it in the past. She just wanted to let them know so they could address the issue in whatever way was best for them. Shawn and his wife decided to just let the issue blow over. They didn’t think it was any cause to worry.
Now obviously a child’s version of love is quite different than that of an adult. But what is their version? What do they think love is? Should we ask our children in this type of situation, or just let it go thinking they won’t understand the true meaning? And if we do ask, do we alter their view to become what we as adults think love is or should be?
Personally, I tend to hear boy names mentioned more than girl names when Baby and I are discussing her school day at the dinner table. Yet thankfully, I have not heard her mention any one as a “boyfriend.” Then again, Spring will soon be arriving, and who knows what the new season of flowers and sunshine will bring.
How would you feel about your child announcing they were “in love” at such a young age?
Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day with your loved ones from all of us at Graco!
* Special note of thanks to Bart Vermeersch for this adorable photo.