Intriguing discussion with my 4 year old today as he discovered that at some point in time he did not exist..."Mummy , so where was I before I was born?" ....what a GREAT question!....Hmm but how to answer it!??
Well, I thought that maybe he meant he needed an explanation on the baby growing in the womb but after clarifying with him, it wasn't this.
Then I thought he needed to know how babies are made- but no, he didnt want to know this either.
It was a philisophical question about his existance!
He said " where was I when you were a little girl?"
I said to him that he was still an egg near my womb and wasn't yet a person.
...you can tell I am a doctor, I like to give accurate facts! (It is true females are born with all their eggs in their ovaries!)
Well, today I had a get together for my 7 year old daughter and invited all 10 of the girls in her class over....yes, I know, you are thinking "mad woman!"
The reason for such a large get together in the absence of a birthday was that my daughter and a friend had been working on a show (with 5 parts!) and wanted to perform it for the girls.
After mulling over it for a while with my husband, we decided, yes, we should encourage her love of drama and the idea of bringing all her friends together.
As the day approached I started to wonder what if the show only lasts 10 minutes, what would I do to entertain 10 girls for the rest of the time?
WEll, I needn't have worried- all 10 girls sat for the full duration (one and a half hours) of the concert, joining in where asked and participating in the fun (they even were all asked to stand and sing the national anthem at the begining of the show, which they all duley did!!)
After they all left, I wondered if (Knew that!!) a group of 10 boys would be a very different situation? Having a son as well, I know he could not sit there for the full 1.5 hours, needs to run around and move, needs to vocalise and be physical.....I really think there is a lot of hardwiring which makes boys and girls so different....
...what do you think? Do you know the gender of the baby you are having? Have you thought about how boys may differ from girls inately or do you think the environment you provide will shape your child?