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Parenting FAIL Friday: Be careful what you wish for.

You may remember that Punkin is one of the greatest kids ever, and she had a Christmas list consisting of a few items, the most important of which, to her, was her very own Bible.

She got said Bible for Christmas, and immediately began reading it whenever she could. The Nerd and I introduced to her Psalms for helping her feel safe when she’s afraid, and Proverbs for teaching her us little nuggets of wisdom. Needless to say, my heart melted every time I saw her exploring God’s Word and working out her faith for herself. It’s important for her to make that decision herself, because the Nerd and I know that we can’t make it for her.

The other day, she was sitting on the couch, reading her Bible, and the following conversation ensued:

Punkin: Hey, Mommy? I have a question.

Me: What’s up?

Punkin: What’s cir…cum…cision?

Me: (crap crap crap) It’s umm, a uh, special ceremony that, in Biblical times, was used for Jewish boys to distinguish themselves from Gentiles, the people who weren’t Jewish.

King James Version of the Bible

We found Punkin the perfect version of the Bible for Christmas. Except it seems to be missing the parental advisory label. Image via Wikipedia.

Punkin: Oh, ok. Thanks. Hey Mommy?

Me: Yeah?

Punkin: I have another question. What’s sex?

Me: (where can I hide? Where can I hide? WHERE HAVE ALL THE FREAKING HIDING PLACES GONE?!?) Umm, it’s like gender. If someone asks the sex of a baby, they’re asking if it’s a boy or a girl. Does that make sense?

Punkin: Yeah. Does it have any other meanings? That doesn’t really make sense in the sentence.

Me: (It’s official, I’m having heart failure. My heart has officially stopped beating. Goodbye, cruel world.) *Big deep breath* Yes it does. But it’s something that Mommy and Daddy will talk to you about when you’re a little older. It’s also something that you should only talk to Mommy and Daddy about. If your friends, or another grown-up, tries to talk to you about it, tell them you don’t want to discuss and get me, or Daddy, or another adult. Okay? You can talk to us, and we will teach you everything when you’re ready, but right now, you’re still a little young.

Punkin: Okay. Thanks, Mommy.

Me: So you understand that sex is something that only mommies and daddies should talk about? That no one should try to talk to you about it, and you shouldn’t talk to your friends about it, because it’s up to their mommies and daddies to decide when they have that talk. Right?

Punkin: Right.

Me: Okay. Oh, what are you reading?

Punkin: Genesis.

Me: Let’s stick to Psalms and Proverbs for now, okay? And maybe the Gospel of John?

Punkin: Okay. Is the other stuff for when I’m older?

Me: Definitely.

I love that Punkin is learning to go to the Bible for peace, encouragement, and to learn more about who God is and what it means to have faith in Him.

I also think maybe it should be rated PG-13.


About Mediocre Mom

I am a wife to the man who was made for me, and mom to three amazing girls: Punkin is eight, Goo is four, and Smush is two. I'm a Christian, a science geek, and completely addicted to coffee. Trying to stay sane one day at a time. Lowering the bar for moms everywhere.

3 responses »

    • holy moly you have a smart kid, Does it have any other meanings? Whose idea was it to send her to school? Love how you handle things.

  1. just be glad she’s staying away from Leviticus….or song of songs! Yeah there are plenty of stories that aren’t quite… appropriate for younger readers!


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