i just spent the last two days with a bunch of 4th graders from a public school and we got a lot of time to talk about 'things'.
mind you all these had older siblings so perhaps that made them savvy to this knowledge.
so they talked about whitney houston's death. then added amy winehouse and then brought up michael jackson questioning why so many plastic surgeries and the 'other stuff'. one boy said it so simply, 'i dont like michael jackson anymore. i know he is a genius, but i can no longer listen to his music without thinking of all he did.'
the lesson they learnt from this? the group said they would not do drugs. one of them had seen the amount of money houston spent on drugs and they thought what a waste it was.
so i asked them if they thought cigarette and alcohols were drugs too. they discussed it amongst themselves and told me it was so. and they said they refused to smoke (all of them had lost a gparent to lung cancer) but they would drink a little bit. not get drunk out of their mind.
two of them said their role model were their elder brothers who were straight A students and did not do drugs.
never in a million years would i have thought i'd be having this conversation with 9/10 year olds. i will say though i was very impressed with the confidence and attitude of the kids.
so how about you.
what have you heard from your kids that surprised you.