My boys are extremely different when it comes to their taste in popular culture and all things regarding "cool" for kids their ages.
While McRae likes to kick it old school by stealing our old AC/DC and Led Zeppelin cds, Wyatt is more concerned with the tunes of his generation.
The television is no exception.
Wyatt educated me to the likes of Hannah Montana, Drake and Josh and The Jonas Brother's Band. He is a faithful Nick Magazine addict and thrives on learning interesting facts about the kid entertainment business from the "kiddie rag mag." He is my child with one eye glued to the t.v. He is my child who I have to monitor when it comes to the media. He is my child who can tell you who won the Teen Choice Award for best feature film and who wore what. He almost died when he found out that he would not be able to watch the Kids Choice Awards live because he was invited to go camping with a friend . . .
However, it was a surprise to him when my husband announced, over ice cream following his school holiday concert, that Zoey 101 was having a baby.
"A what?" He asked, as if his Dad had just said that we were moving to Antarctica to study penguins.
Oh no, we weren't going to have that conversation again, here at the ice cream parlor!
Poor Wyatt, this was an inconceivable (not really) situation for him. He just could not wrap his brain around the possibility that one of his favorite 16-year-old actresses could be sporting a "baby bump."
Later, a highly intelligent conversation followed between the boys that went a little something like this:
"You know dude, there are ladies out there who have, like, eight babies" said McRae, the oh-so-enlightened older brother.
"Is Jamie Lynn going to have eight babies?" Wyatt asked, with genuine worry.
"No, no, no. But I'm just saying that it happens." said McRae.
Thank goodness for the older brothers that look out for their younger siblings, telling them the ways of the world, showing them the ropes and letting them in on "how it is" with teen celebrity pregnancies.
Makes my job sooooo much easier.