After school yesterday, The Princess did her homework on the coffee table while I rested on the couch. The TV was on, but without sound, as I had been watching a movie but switched to CNN after it ended and did not want to disturb the algebraic processes.
And then we saw a picture of Jamie Lynn Spears.
And my daughter brought me up to date on the news.
Honestly, I didn’t know who the girl was, although of course I know the exploits of her older and more famous sister.
This morning I read articles telling parents "not to panic" over the news that the star of a show on Nickelodeon is publicly announcing her teen pregnancy. I read that Miss Spears’ father is upset over the announcement. And I read that the publication of Mama, or perhaps I should say Grandmama, Spears’ parenting book has been delayed. (You think?)
My 12-year-old tells me that having a baby at 16 is not a good idea. She also informs me that having sex with your first four loves is not smart either. ( I think she means that "first true love" may not be forever. ) We touched gingerly on the idea that some girls *will* have sex in high school and that if they do, even if we don’t think it’s a good idea, it’s certainly better to have protected sex.
I really hope we’re not the only mother and daughter having this conversation.