The following conversation took place at a family event while the other adults sat across the table, enjoying their own conversation…Thanks for the help…
Max: I’d really like to see that movie Little
Me: You mean the one where a grown up turns into a child again?
Max: Yeah. It looks like it’s SO funny.
Me: I agree but it’s not for you.
Max: What? Why? It’s rated pg13 and you let us watch pg13 all the time!
Me: The “pg” stands for parental guidance. Daddy and I do our best to guide you to appropriate movies. While Marvel and DC movies are pg13, we think you’re ready for the content. The content in the movie Little is a bit too mature for you, so no. You can’t watch it yet.
Max: Then can I see Deadpool? It’s a Marvel movie.
Me: Absolutely not. It’s rated R and the content is 100 percent not appropriate for you.
Max: Is there kissing?
Me: More than kissing.
Jordyn: Like sex?
Me: Yes. And horrible language, and a ton of gory violence.
Max: Like the f word?
J: Like s-h-i-t?
Me: Way worse
J: Worse than h-o-e?
Me: Yes. And how do you know that word?
J: From Penelope*
Me: Do you know what it means?
J: Penelope said it’s when a girl has sex with a lot of different boys. Like if Amelia* had sex with Griffin* and then with Adam* and then…
Max: Or it’s a tool. Like for digging in the garden.
Me: It is a gardening tool. And yes, Jordyn, that is a terrible name to call a girl who behaves that way. Name calling is never ok. And besides, while you may not agree with her choices, they are hers to make. She is in charge of her body, just as you are responsible for yours.
J: Is there a word for a boy who has sex with a lot of girls?
Me: There is not a mean word for boys who make those choices. In fact, quite the opposite. While girls are often insulted for that behavior, boys are often celebrated.
Max: Well that doesn’t seem right or fair. I’m never calling a girl that. Girls need to be respected too. Plus, I still don’t understand why anyone would do that a lot.
Me: I’m proud of you for recognizing that, Max. That’s very mature of you.
Max: So now can I see Deadpool?
Me: Nice try, Bud.
*All names of children have been changed to protect the identity and privacy of my children’s friends/peers