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Me: “How was school?”
Child: “We got to write down the names of the people we’d like to be in the same class as next year.”
Me: “Oh yeah, who did you pick?”
Child: [rattles off some names]
Me: [Surprised at one or two of those names] Really? Why?
Child: For strategic reasons, I suppose.
Me: [blinks] What?
Me: You know, in Big Brother, when they voted for ‘strategy’ they wanted to get rid of a person, not keep them close. Big Brother isn’t real life.
Child: [rolls eyes]
But the more I’ve thought about it, the more I’ve wondered about this exchange. Sure, BB is a ‘constructed reality’, contrived if not downright fake. But human nature will out; people will have tantrums, seek alliances. Maybe kids are better at realising these things than we give them credit for. Or maybe I’m over thinking it and should just turn the damn television off.
Karen Andrews is the creator of Miscellaneous Mum. This is one of the most established and well-respected parenting blogs in the country and is a two-time finalist in the Best Australian Blogs competition. She is also an author, award-winning writer, poet, editor and publisher at Miscellaneous Press. Is an exercise junkie (when she finds the time).
It’s banned in this home, but wow! That’s an interesting conversation to have with such a little person. You’d think that strategic friendships would be a concept they ought not have to deal with just yet.
I’m with you. Turn it off.
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Oh yeah our school had the kids write down 5 people they wanted to be with next year – I was surprised at some of my son’s choices also (but pleased he didn’t pick one particular boy I was sure he would)
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LOL… yup, kids are way more savvy than we give them credit for
BTW… you got a typo… you typed ‘Oh year’ instead of ‘Oh yeah’… Oops
This child should go into the banking and finance industry.
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Precocious, eh? And quite the strategist. Have you considered introducing the game of chess, Karen? You could very well have the next grand master on your hands.
And I’ve never seen “Big Brother.” What’s the point of it all, anyway? I’m afraid I’m NOT precocious, and can’t seem to get the hang of the premise.
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