I was in the car with Sydney, 5, and we found ourselves discussing the Disney princesses. Mulan came up.
“Mulan is a funny name,” said Sydney, wrinkling her nose.
Eeek! My daughter’s a racist! I automatically thought in a split-second. She’s offensive to all Chinese people because she’s dissing Mulan’s name! I need to teach her that Mulan may be an unusual name in English, but that doesn’t make it funny, just different. I hope I’m not too late. This HAS to be a teachable moment…
“Mulan is a funny name, Mommy,” Sydney continued as my mind raced.
“It’s got Moo. Like a cow. Moo.” she said.
“And lawn. Like mow the lawn,” she finished.
“Moo like a cow and Lawn like mow the lawn. That’s funny!”
Maybe she’s not racist after all!
That is hysterical. I would be panicked also. We want to teach our kids to be all excepting, but they really are innocent with their curiosity.
I know, right? Glad to hear you would have had the same reaction.
The Mommy Psychologist says
Just checking in for a laugh. I was not disappointed:)
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Hey Mon! says
Found you through PIWTPITT. This is so cute and funny and exactly what I’d be thinking!
Hello and welcome! Thanks for commenting. Good to know I’m not alone on this one. 🙂