Blue Prints, Mr. Wonderful, & Discussions with an 8 year old
According to my kids, TV is where it’s at. At the ripe old age of 2, 4, & 8 they know what they like & don’t like, what’s in, what’s out, and what’s what.
Now, I don’t pretend to know what goes on in other households. But in this house? The kids LOVE watching ‘our’ shows. All 3 are avid fans of The Big Bang Theory and love to sing the opening song. They enjoy cheering along with our favorite tribe in Survivor and encourage The Biggest Loser contestants from our side of the screen.
I don’t always like it when they watch our shows, but it does bring on many opportunities for real-world discussions that don’t involve My Little Pony and Ever After High.
Dragon’s Den is one of those shows. Jasmine has been watching this with me since she was about a year old. She knows the Dragons by name and can predict when deals will flop or close. She sees entrepreneurs think outside the box to solve problems. We talk about why some deals are closing and others aren’t. About planning and execution, effective marketing, what an entrepreneur could have done differently to build a better business. Using words an 8 year old will understand, of course.
She sees me run my own business and likes to talk about the empire she will one day build (paying all of us $5 / day to
slave work for her while she goes shopping, as I’ve been advised recently).
She’s had the opportunity to meet Arlene Dickinson & Kevin O’Leary, and dreams of meeting all of the Dragons (and Sharks, since the US tank has recruited a few of her favorites). On both occasions there was a talk followed by a book signing. She’s always picked out a book to have signed, and enjoys the talks almost as much as meeting the Dragons.
At the age of 3 she designed a lipstick machine, in magic marker, on her wall. The thing was about 4 ft wide by 3 ft high. It was very intricate, but the end result was that it expertly applied lipstick to your lips. Of course, in order for the ‘prototype’ to work it needed real lipstick. FYI, industrial quantities of lipstick are almost impossible to wash off a wall.
Then again, I remember my own room being plastered with posters of Joey Lawrence, Marc-Paul Gosselar, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, and Brad Pitt. If she wants to look up to self-made millionaires… who am I to complain?
She’s on a Dragon Den kick again, so thankfully seasons 5 & 6 are now available on Netflix. I like having mini-marathons with her but frankly I’m getting sick of hearing Barbies & ponies argue. So we listen to grown-ass adults argue…. LOL… but at least their voices aren’t as high pitched!
What do you watch with your kids? What conversations are you hoping to start with them?