Little bit has really grown in the last few years. She’s now a whopping 7 years old and rockin’ out her first grade year of elementary school. She loves school (most of the time) and has really done well meeting the new expectations set forth by the Common Core curriculum our schools adopted last year. She’s reading and writing well for her age. One of her wishlist items for Christmas is a password journal – she doesn’t want her brother to ‘read’ what she writes. I’m pretty sure Santa will make that happen.
Privacy. She’s big on that – at least for herself, not really for anyone else.
A few weeks ago, I noticed a new habit forming… Girlie started walking up behind me while I’m sitting at my desk, and began reading over my shoulder. Sometimes I would be working on something here, sometimes I would be puttering around on Facebook or lately, it’s been that I’m Christmas shopping.
It’s not that I’m looking at anything she shouldn’t see… Here’s a little snippit of my Facebook newsfeed.
See? There’s nothing there that’s really inappropriate. But, that’s not the point. The point is, it’s rude to read over someone’s shoulder. Especially after you’ve been told time and time again to stop. reading. over. my. shoulder.
Short of minimizing the window and turning around to face her until she gets that what she’s doing is not ok, how does one make a 7 year old understand that privacy is not a private concept and that in order to expect to get it, you have to give it too? I’m glad that she’s interested in what mommy is doing, and I’m glad that she’s reading like a beast, but I need her to ask questions or pick up a book, not read over my shoulder.
Have you dealt with a snoopy kiddo? What did you do to combat your child’s over-inquisitiveness?