My dad came to visit us yesterday in our Brooklyn apartment. My son, who is 3 and a half, was excited but kept asking where his fiancee, “Mimi”, was. My dad (“Grandpa”) explained that she couldn’t make it because she is a nurse and had to work. My son then responded with confusion: “But…mommies don’t work.”
SCREECH. Huh?? How did my son get this idea? (I work, by the way). Also, Mimi’s children are grown up now, so although she is a “mommy” he doesn’t really see her in that capacity. He does have a lot of friends whose moms stay at home, but he also has many who have babysitters…
I feel like this is one of those “teachable moments” where I’m supposed to educate my son about all the choices mommies and daddies have and how they each make different choices that work best for them and their families, and I totally blew it in my complete surprise that he would say that.
What do you think, readers, what should I have said? Is there a good followup conversation or am I just making too much of this?