Driving home from an afternoon at a friend’s house today I decided to use the time wisely and attempt to explain the concept of laws to my two six-year olds. It started off well as I explained that a law is like a rule but if you break a law you can be arrested and sent to jail. This did seem to cause my two a little distress as they started to panic about occasions in the past where they may have bent a law and they seemed to fear that should their past misdemeanours be found out they would be spending the rest of their days in striped pajamas getting a stripey tan through a barred window.
Twin girl, seeking clarity questioned; ‘is breaking a law climbing into someone houses and taking stuff?’
I responded with a cheery clap, happy that she seemed to be understanding.
Twin boy followed on with, ‘is it illegal to throw pine cones at cars?’ he then paused and quickly added as an afterthought ‘because I never did that mummy.’
However his cheeks faded from bright red when I confirmed it was not illegal to launch pine cones at unsuspecting vehicles but it was highly naughty and was punishable by mummy with time on the naughty step.
Twin girl then launched into a list of what she felt should and shouldnt be outlawed in the UK.
‘We can’t hit people in the face can we?’
I agreed and quickly added that other body parts were not really acceptable either.
‘and we can’t throw stones at people can we mummy?’
Again I nodded in agreement once more regretting allowing the children to watch mindless violent cartoons whilst I sat in the corner gabbing with friends.
‘but, but, but mummy’ twin girl spluttered out eagerly excitement written all over her face, ‘it’s perfectly fine to throw smokers in the road isn’t it?’
…..well it is a filthy habit!