MOMI MUSINGS| how kids think about Valentine’s day

Feb 21, 2014 | Life, Only Berlin

Firstborn was tasked by his Civics teacher to be her student teacher for her grade 5 and 6 students last February 14.

He relayed to me that his Civics teacher asked him to make a lesson plan.


He went home jubilant that day.  His Civics teacher commended him of his excellent teaching skills and exciting lesson plan.  He even showed to me some of the students’ artworks.  He asked his class to do an artwork about their understanding of Valentine’s Day.  And very intriguing indeed how 11- and 12-year-old kids regard Valentine’s Day.

a grade 5 stude says, "a boy and a girl show love by hugging and giving gifts to one another."

A grade 5 student says, “a boy and a girl show love by hugging and giving gifts to one another.”

another art work which says, " two people love each other. the boy give gifts to the girl. They celebrate Valentine's Day."

Another artwork which says, ” Two people love each other. The boy gives gifts to the girl. They celebrate Valentine’s Day.”


Children are naturally curious about the effects of kissing, and avoiding the topic might do more harm than good. It’s advisable; I believe if we engage our kids in a conversation about kissing with an open mind. But reading and seeing this as a work of an 11-year old boy is very distracting for me.

Now, this mother is very much troubled not about Valentine’s Day but about kissing.  And even if my kids are too young to understand sexuality and kissing, it is the time I guess to discuss with them sexuality 101.

Yes, I am very much disturbed!



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