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At least he’s not saying "May the fork be with you"

Preface:  I promised myself when I started this blog that I'd keep the "kids say the darndest things" posts to a minimum, and will do my best to uphold that.  Having said that...

My 4 year-old, Jacob, has recently discovered Star Wars, thanks to the lego "magazine" he subscribes to.  We haven't yet introduced him to the movies yet (and for those of you out there with kids growing up in the VCR/DVD generation, I'm curious as to when you did so), but he saw the lego models and started asking about it, so I told him who everyone in the pictures were and what the different ships were, and then started telling him a little of the story (you know - robots, space ships, rescuing the princess, everyone living happily ever after.  I figured we'll get around to the whole dark side, planet-destroying stuff in good time.)

Anyway, I came home from work the other day and saw him holding a Star Wars themed birthday card that my wife had bought for him, and he proudly proceeded to show me the pictures of Dark Vader, Ar-Tee-Dee-Two, and Only One Kenobi.  (And he keeps asking "but what does 'the Hutt' mean?"... we're still working on that one).

(And I will spare everyone the full list of "phrases I never thought I'd utter when I became a parent," but suffice it to say one of the more recent entries is "Don't call your brother an iPod.")


    Gavin Bollard | Website: | 7/12/2006 4:34:21 PM GMT

    Wow... Four is old...

    My kids have been watching Star Wars since about age 2, though not always in "sit down" mode.

    I took my son (when he was 4) to the cinema to see Revenge of the Sith. I was a little worried, but he seemed ok and said things like - "Oh look, thats Anakin, and now he's on fire".

    I accidently caught his finger in a car door a few weeks back and he said "Now I'll have to get one of those robot arms".

    My eldest (now 5) has just finished watching Lord of the Rings and plays Doom and Hexen. I'm always watching very carefully for any effects on sleep, but I go to a lot of trouble to show him special features (especially CGI and Makeup) so that he has a very healthy understanding of what's real and what's not.

    The only time I ever saw him "worried" in a movie was in National Lampoon's vacation (when they had a car crash).

    Adam | Website: | 7/12/2006 9:34:38 PM GMT

    Thanks for the feedback. I think the key thing, as you pointed out, is highlighting the difference between what's real and what's not.

    Chris Miller | Website: | 7/12/2006 10:06:55 PM GMT

    With my oldest hitting the teens, Star Wars his been laying around on VCR forever and warched numerous times. I do keep close tabs on the more violent video games, well we dont own any for the kids. I played Half-life DM for a long time and they used to ask and think it was cool.

    But they have been schooled over and over what is real life and what is the movies and effects.

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