Conversation with my six year old or “why your children shouldn’t watch videos”

Chatting with my six year old son after school, he announced, “We don’t have a normal family!”

He’s probably right – I can think of lots of reasons why we’re not ‘normal,’ but I wondered what he had picked up.

“Why aren’t we normal?” I asked. “We’ve got a Mummy and a Daddy and some children – that seems to be pretty normal.”

“No,” he said. “A normal family has a Mummy and a Daddy and two children – a boy and a girl.”

“Oh – like Topsy and Tim?”  No, apparently they are not quite normal because they are twins.

“So where have you seen a ‘normal’ family?”

It turns out he’s seen it on videos…

“Do any of your friends have ‘normal’ families?”

Yes, Yossi apparently has a normal family.  But Yossi doesn’t only have one boy and one girl – he has a few of each.

Ah – what makes him normal is that he has closer to one of each than we do!

So now we know: he doesn’t know anyone who has a normal family, but Yossi is more normal than we are – which probably isn’t difficult!

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