Aidan was home sick yesterday (and I use the term ‘sick’ loosely, but hey, the kid never misses school and if she says her head hurts, even though she proceeds to watch old episodes of Lost on her iPod all morning, I’m still giving her the benefit of the doubt.). Around lunchtime, she switched from the iPod to the laptop to peruse songs and shows at the iTunes store.
See, I owe her a bit of iTunes money because I inadvertently spent some of her iTunes gift card on the season finale of—I can’t believe I’m copping to this but—Rock of Love (does he EVER take the bandana off? Seriously?)
Anyhoo… as she’s looking through all the stuff on the iTunes store front, she notices that Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson have some new single out, and she plays the song sample and says, "I didn’t know Paula could sing."
And I realize immediately that THIS is a moment that me and YouTube can help her to understand even better as I say, "Oh yeah… Paula was a pop star back in the day…wanna see some of her videos?"
As we click through the various Paula Abdul YouTube selections, I go on to explain how originally she was just a dancer/L.A. Laker Girl who became a singer, and that some questioned whether or not she even did the singing, but look how fun it is that she’s dancing with a cartoon!
And as I’m sharing this with her, it struck me like a ton of Acme bricks: THIS very moment is what ALL those parenting manuals and articles really boil down to: Sharing the breadth of your life experience with your child to better prepare them for all of life’s coming challenges, and doing it in a calm, rational and pertinent manner.
Because you never know when she might find herself in one of two situations: a) participating in a 90s Useless Trivia contest, or b) at a dance club with cartoons.