Friday, November 14, 2008

Beheaded and stupid

I have a more serious post in the works about why Proposition 8 is necessary, not because the Prophet said so, but because of the many devastating consequences we'll be faced with if it is not upheld. More later...

For now, here is a story my great friend told me when I visited her in Colorado last week. Her good friend (we'll call her Karen) has a 3 year old daughter who is in the midst of a roaring princess phase. So Karen, apparently concerned that her daughter may develop a helpless attitude with a desire to be rescued decided to spare her daughter a lifetime of disappointment. She told her that princess is not really much of a gig, because historically, they're usually beheaded.

I thought that was hilarious. But my own daughter is nowhere near princess-land yet.

Here's my confession. A couple years ago, I taught Junior Mint that girls who wear bikinis are stupid and do so because they're not smart enough to locate and put on all of their clothes. "You wouldn't want to go on a date with somebody who was too dumb to get dressed, would you?" I asked. Is that wrong?

Clearly, it will need to be amended in the future. The context was this...we were watching the scene in Aladdin where the genie is showing off his powers and summons two skimpily dressed girls in bikini tops, wearing veils who dance suggestively and try to kiss Aladdin. I didn't want Junior Mint thinking that kind of behavior from a girl was acceptable or that Aladdin should want to kiss them just because they were available.

It reminds me of a parenting moment from "Everybody Loves Raymond." Those horrible parents had told Robert that whenever the ice cream man's bell rang, it meant he was out of ice cream...

Do you have any such parenting faux pas? Am I (and my friend's friend) in it alone with this? What did your parents tell you?

6 comments:

Melissa said...

Nothing wrong with teaching a little history to our girls! ;)

We Are A Happy Family said...

We told our boys that the ice cream man was the music man. It was over when the neighbor bought ice cream for them from him.

GrowingRopers said...

you know i love it! :) i remember the bikini thing, and love it just as much as i did the first time. really, its kinda true! maybe not dumb, but not figuring out something better to offer?? waiting for prop 8 post :)

Charity said...

What about the classic, if you stick your finger up your nose a snail's going to bite it off...or if you swallow watermelon seeds you're going to have a watermelon grow in your stomach? (My dad actually told me this about a lady in our ward who was having twins...scared me to death!)

denning dialog said...

nothing wrong with telling them little falsehoods- i just wish i would be quick enough to think of something like that...
hey would you mind sending me your email addy? I wanted to ask you some ?s about adoption. my addy is
lt624 @ ntelos.net
thanks
laura denning

Jen said...

Well I tell me kids that they can not kiss anyone until they go on missions and they are ready to get married. When watching tv, sometimes I can't turn the channel fast enough when they show someone making out, so I thought about telling them if they lay on top of someone, they will get them pregnant. I may still tell them that sometime. I told my kids to never trust a man wearing earrings! I also point out, whenever I see someone have a hideous tattoo, how gross it is. It's my little way of trying to brain wash them into not wanting those things. It took a long time to let my girls wear a two piece, so I do, but they are tasteful, and they wear short with them.