May 27, 2011

The changes from the time I was in 6th grade.

Just for the record, I was in 1986.  My son is currently in the 6th grade.  This is purely from a mother's prospective after hearing her child come home and tell her about his day.

In sixth grade, children ask each other out.  When I was in sixth grade, girls had crushes on boys, but few boys would admit to liking the girls back.  If a boy did like a girl, he got made fun of.

In sixth grade, children start admitting they are attracted to the same gender.  When I was in sixth grade, I didn't know there was such a thing as same gender attraction.  In sixth grade, I had to have a talk with my son that there are gay people, he even knows gay people, and he is NOT to ever say a derogatory comment about someone being gay.

In sixth grade, children are learning about sex education.  In sixth grade, I had just learned that I would get my period soon.  That was shocking enough for me!

In sixth grade, children are learning math problems that I didn't learn until I was at least in 8th grade, and some things were in High School.

In all, children are more advanced than I was in 6th grade.  They are learning things faster, developing sexually, and have more knowledge than I had when I was in sixth grade.  To me, 11 and 12 year olds are still youngsters, merely babies.  I still don't allow my son to stay home unless the errand will take less than 5 minutes.  He is still my baby, although I know that he is growing up.  I want to protect him from the outside world as long as I can, but I don't want him to be as naive as I was.

I didn't know there were people that actually did drugs until I was 23.  I didn't know people cheated on their wives until that same year.  I am glad that I didn't realize all the bad things in the world because I wasn't scared.  I thought the minority of the world made bad choices.  I am honest to a fault with my son.  If he asks me a question, I first ask him exactly what he wants to know, but then I answer him.  It has led to me being embarrassed answering him sometimes and him really wishing he wouldn't have asked.  However, I believe I am one of the few moms that get to hear about crushes, who is gay in school and what other children say.  I am proud that my son asks me about things that I use to ask my friends.  I am glad that I can direct him how to react to certain situations.  The most important thing in life is to treat everyone you meet like they are just as important of a person as you believe you are.

I look forward to seeing what 7th grade will be like and I hope I can handle all the changes.  More importantly, I hope that my son can handle what is being handed to him.


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