Monday, July 26, 2010

Puppy Love

I don't think I've mentioned here that Riley has a boyfriend. Yes, at the ripe old age of nine.

She told me about it a while back when we had some time alone. She had a crush on this boy because he likes to play the same games as her. They got together because she told a friend that she liked him, and next thing you know, they're boyfriend and girlfriend.

I didn't know how to feel about it at first, but the more she told me, the more I relaxed. They mostly just hold hands and hang out together. It will most likely fizzle out as soon as they start school, but we'll see.

She's cracking me up, though, in the meantime. First, she was scheduling her time between him and her "gals," as she calls her group of friends. The first few weeks, I heard a lot about how great he is.

Then last week, when her BF didn't come to the club on Friday, she told me she felt "freeee!" Last night, after she'd talked to him a couple of times, she chose not to call him back when he called at dinnertime. Today, she decided to go on a field trip so she could spend a little more time apart from him.I asked her if maybe she wants to break up with him, but she said no, she still really likes him. She just needs her space.

Last week, I mentioned to Sylvia that she might meet a boy when she starts her play. Her response: "just because Riley has a boyfriend doesn't mean I have to have one." No, it certainly doesn't. I couldn't agree more!

Sylvia had her first boyfriend in 5th grade. Then, when he let her take the fall for passing notes in class, she told me that it was "so over." No boy has seemed worth it to her since.

I don't know how much of value I have to offer them when it comes to relationships, but I'm glad that they're at least sharing their thoughts and feelings about it with me. 


Cat said...

It's good that she's already standing up for "her" time. What a smart girl!

Tara R. said...

That's great that they both feel confident enough to share the first BF news with you. That's huge.

Jenni said...

This post is SO CUTE! Skylar will occasionally talking about "getting married to a nice man one day."

My response? 1.) She doesn't have to get married, if she doesn't want to. (I say this because I didn't want to marry their dad. He pushed our marriage on our 4th anniversary. Turns out he only married me, because he never wanted me to leave.)

2.) SHE'S TOO YOUNG TO THINK ABOUT IT! The child is only 5.. holy cow. Lol.

Lifeofkaylen said...

So cute!!! Until it gets to middle school...and then it's just stressful having to worry about what the kids might be doing! :)

It's so great that they are sharing their feelings. Treasure that and hope it lasts forever!!! I have to practically drag info from my teen son.

Danielle said...

Love it! They both already have good heads on them when it comes to boys.

Pippi said...

That is really cool. You are raising some very intelligent girls!

Unknown said...


Puppy love at it's finest for sure. I must make your heart smile that they're so open with you and so, so SMART!

Oh, and I think my own first boyfriend was in 6th grade and then enough was enough on the boyfriend front until 10th grade :)