The conversation at the school port rack this afternoon went like this...
(6 year old) Monique (to me) - My cousin loves him.
Me - Oh really? Who is your cousin?
Monique - Isabelle. They sit together. And he loves her, too.
Me (to my 6 year old boy who is looking slightly startled and a little worried) - Do you?
My 6 year old boy - *shrugs*
Me - That's cute, Darling.
And I think it is.
Apparently the whole class is paired up already.
But the way I feel about it is so different to how my mother felt about 'relationships' when I was a kid.
She pooh poohed the idea of boyfriends and girlfriends right from the start.
She would say, "You have friends who are boys and friends who are girls, but you do NOT have boyfriends/girlfriends!"
And she felt this way pretty much until I went to college at age 18.
All I ever wanted was a boyfriend, but I always felt funny about it.
I don't want my kids feeling that way.
But I also don't want to give them the green light to get into grown-up issues too soon.
I know of course it's all just fun at this age, but you have to have boundaries, right?
You have to start as you mean to finish.
So, what do you say?
Did I say the right thing?
I'd love to hear how you deal with the big issues, like Year One relationships.