Oy. That's mild compared to what I hear from kids around our neighborhood. Not that I'm condoning or tivializing!!
I'm one of the few parents (around here, I mean) that stay outside with my kid after dinner. I don't hover, but I make a point to show that I want to be involved with him and his friends. I know them all pretty well.
Gosh, all the different views these kids have been given. Sometimes they ask me questions and I have to let them know that their parents will discuss it with them when they feel it's time.
I kind of welcome the interaction and the things they tell each other. I would never censor his interation by asking another parent to lie...even about Santa or the Easter Bunny.
...LoL. And I'd be silly to think that his curiosity or his own experience with something would wait until *I* was ready to talk about it with him.
I welcome his questioning and wanting to know why one family believes one thing and we believe another.
Graphic for a 5 yo? I don't think so, but I'm surmising in terms of my own kiddo...and the fact that we weren't privy to the converstation between this child an mother.
Geex, I can't tell you how many times I've had to correct my own kid cause he took one of our conversations out of context.
Guess, all that means I'm part of the "wouldn't have phased me a bit" crowd.
Now, we do practice the "that's not part of our business" or "that's not our concern" theory. I don't ask him to lie or keep secrets, it's just not "somthing we concern ourselves with"
This came up when my DS saw a friend buying cigaretts and the guy wasn't supposed to be smoking.
My son said, "OOOOHH! HE'S BUYING CIGARETTS!"
It's a fine line, but we're learning which business to mind and which business belongs to someone else. I don't ask him to keep it a secret, but it's not our concern to enforce that rule upon this other person.
If my son blurts it out then I guess this guy shoudln't have been buying something in a public place! LOL.