Little Suzie Snoops A-Lot {My 7 Year Old Reads Over My Shoulder}

Reading Over My ShoulderLittle 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.

Facebook Girl Reads Over My Shoulder

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?

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9 Responses to Little Suzie Snoops A-Lot {My 7 Year Old Reads Over My Shoulder}

  1. Ashley Rehorn says:

    God’s truth. As I was reading this, MY SEVEN YEAR OLD GIRL started reading over my shoulder. I scrolled back to the top to the title, made her read it out loud, she blushed and I pointed. She then walked away. I feel your pain. Oh, so so so much.

  2. Lindsey says:

    My 7 year old is the exact same way. I love that she is reading so well; however I do not like that she sits right on top of me while I browse Facebook/emails and feels the need to read EVERYTHING I am doing.

  3. I was totally guilty of doing this when I was younger and I know it annoyed my mom to no end! I hope you can figure out some boundaries soon 🙂

  4. Melissa says:

    My 6 year old is just now getting into reading a lot and learning lots of new words so I’m so this will be me soon. However, my husband is so guilty of this and it drives me crazy. haha!

  5. Jennifer says:

    With no kids of my own, and having no internet when I was a kid to read over my Mom’s shoulder, I’m not really sure what to tell ya. I do know that the lessons I learned best as a kid are the ones where my mom reciprocated what ever inappropriate activity back to me… I didn’t like so I stopped doing it to her (them)

  6. Laura says:

    My mother is so bad about this! I get that she’s my mom, but I’m twenty. As an author too, when people find out, they want to watch me write, and I just can’t. It’s pressuring!

  7. I know!!!!!!! I have actually shut my computer screen on my 8 year old, not because I’m doing something he can’t see but because it is irritating that I can get no privacy!

  8. Paige says:

    Lol! I don’t have a kid but I do this with my husband sometimes and he does it to me too! Even though neither of us are hiding anything…it’s just awkward to have someone over your shoulder!

  9. Carly says:

    Ha, gotta love 7 year olds! I taught first grade for a couple years….they’re definitely strong willed at that age!

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