Monday, June 18, 2012

Monday Mystery - Girls

For the last couple of weeks, Jonas and I have been reading "The Dangerous Book for Boys" at bedtime. Here's the description of the book from the publisher's website:
"The bestselling book for every boy from eight to eighty, covering essential boyhood skills such as building tree houses, learning how to fish, finding true north, and even answering the age old question of what the big deal with girls is.

In this digital age there is still a place for knots, skimming stones and stories of incredible courage. This book recaptures Sunday afternoons, stimulates curiosity, and makes for great father-son activities. The brothers Conn and Hal have put together a wonderful collection of all things that make being young or young at heart fun-building go-carts and electromagnets, identifying insects and spiders, and flying the world's best paper airplanes."
We have the UK and Canadian versions of the book and every night, Jonas flips through the table of contents and chooses something that he's interested in learning about. We've read about famous explorers, astronomy, building go-carts, the rules of soccer, survival kits, and many other things. We continued the trend last night, but with an unexpected twist. Last night he wanted to read the chapter on "Girls".
"Mom," he said, "I really need to figure out how to get Maria to notice me. She doesn't even know I'm alive. Maybe this will help."  
Ok, felllow mom's of the world with little boys who are just discovering girls, here's the magic advice from the book:
  • Take care of yourself and make sure you don't smell
  • Don't be gross
  • Girls like flowers
  • Help her with heavy lifting and - Jonas's favourite piece of advice - if something's too heavy for you to carry, sit on it and engage her in conversation.
Steven just smiled and nodded as Jonas told him about all the new secrets he's going to try. His skepticism is probably well placed but, as a mom, those four things sound like really good advice.

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