My littlest guy is 7 and still loves his mama with an intensity that is equal parts lovely and borderline inappropriate (think Buster and Lucille from Arrested Development). And I know i’m not alone in this right? I imagine most little boys under the age of 8 (or 9 or 10?) still declare their undying love for their mothers and that “one day they will grow up and marry them!” Of course I’ve had many a conversation with G about the exact moral, ethical and legal reasons he can’t marry me, but all of these rational arguments fall on deaf ears so who am I to burst his bubble for now?! 🙂
Anyways, for the past little while my little G has been pushing the boundaries of “mama love” and has been “experimenting” with our innocent bedtime kiss. Instead of the usual cuddle and hug and peck on the cheek (or lips), he goes in with eyes closed, head tilted and literally locks his hands around my head like he’s a teenager playing “30 seconds in heaven” in the closet. Um. AWKWARD!
So, I laugh, give him his peck, pull away and tell him – “Sweetie, you can’t make out with your Mom, it’s not ok”. And of course he looks at me sweetly and innocently and asks “Why not?” So I stumble and bumble through the reasons why making out with your mother is generally frowned upon in society all while trying not to break his little innocent heart. I guess it’s hard for our little people to distinguish between romantic love and mama/son love when all they see is people kissing on tv, in the media and even in their favorite video games!
Anyways, I know that there are many more awkward conversations to come as the years go by and I am not looking forward to stumbling through those either. Good thing for me there are some fabulous shows on Netflix like Fuller House, Glee, The Fosters and The Adventures of Puss and Boots that help kids understand difficult issues like bullying, peer pressure, self-esteem, sexuality and more in a fun and relatable way. And in the future, I am sure my kids will be thankful to avoid these awkward conversations with me as well!