Ryan informed me last night that he has received two marriage proposals from girls in his kindergarten class this year. He's also reportedly had to run away from girls on the playground to escape getting kissed. (Well...I think his words were something like , "She asked me if I would marry her, so I just turned and ran away before she kissed me!!!" So maybe he concocted the kissing part in his own head.)
My first thought was "Seriously? In Kindergarten?" Then I remembered that when I was in Kindergarten, I had a "boyfriend" that I shared (huh?) with my best friend Amber. We even figured out how to look up his phone number in the phone book and called him. His last name: Looney . Yep. Looney.
Do girls that young really have a crush on a boy? Or do they just hear older kids talking about boyfriends and girlfriends and then try and follow suit?
I think I had crushes when I was in Kindergarten and first grade.
At any rate, we discourage all such play and talk around here. My kids already know that Mommy does not think chidhood romances are cute.
Try younger. Jenna LOVES a little boy in her "class" and she's 1 1/2. Today she squealed when she saw him after being home sick for 2 days!
I really think it's an American thing. Japanese kids seriously do not have this issue. In fact, most of them don't date until college (which is fine by me if my kids adopt that particular cultural practice!)
Please let me know when you figure this out because I do have a girl....who had a future husband in K4, 2 in K5, and 5 boyfriends so far this year in 1st grade. What in the world am I gonna do!?