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K: I think I am not going to get married when I grow up. Because I don't want to get pregnant.

Me: Um... (deciding not to get into birth control just yet with the 5-year-old) That's okay, you don't have to do either.

K: Because I want to be a bear hunter. And when I am climbing mountains hunting bears, I might fall down and then my baby might die.

Me: Well, sometimes pregnant women fall down and the baby is okay. But yes, it is a risk. You know, sometimes when women get pregnant they keep working their job until it gets too uncomfortable and then they take a break for a while.

K: Yes, but I don't want to. I want to keep being a bear hunter.


About 10 minutes later, she told me that if she ever sees her best friend from preschool again, she is going to marry him, because she loves him. I decided not to ask about the bear hunting career.

Things I Love About This

Date: 2015-11-20 02:11 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] walkitout
It occurred to you this _might_ be an opportunity to explain about birth control, but you decided that you didn't need to derail the convo your kid wanted in order to have that convo right this instant.

You supported a Kid Plan, without getting into Technical Real World Issues with the Kid Plan.

You affirmed when the kid perceived a risk and came to a conclusion about responsible behavior given the risk.

And at the same time, you affirmed that pregnant women still engage in difficult and even dangerous tasks while pregnant without getting all judgy about anything.

You did not hold someone to a Life Plan when they changed their mind about it a few minutes later.

I LOVE all these things about this interaction. I probably love more, but I definitely love these things.

Date: 2015-11-22 01:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] madduckdes.livejournal.com
Maybe she met some DINKs and figured that they must have *some* method for skipping the pregnancy part.

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