Last night while watching the people movie version of "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas" I had a very enlightening conversation with the wee ones. It goes something like this:
Little Man asks: "Mom, is the Grinch real?"
Me: "No, it's not real, but some people can act like the Grinch. I know a woman who doesn't like Christmas at all."
Little Man and Little Princess gasp loudly.
Little Man: "She's a real Grinch?" (he pauses furrowing his darling brow) "Is she furry like him?"
Me: "Well, um, no!"
Little Man inquires seriously: "Is she green?"
Me (shaking my head): "No, she's not green."
Little Princess pipes up, ever the voice of reason: "Then she definitely isn't a Grinch. Maybe she's just a hater?"
INSERT MY EYES POPPING OUT OF MY HEAD...
"A 'hater'?" I squeak. "Where did you learn that word?"
Princess smiles widely, "Word Girl!"
Now, I may be a bit out of touch with pop culture, but I am quite sure that PBS Kids did NOT teach my wee ones what a "hater" is. Hmmmm.... I may need to ban all electronic media.
I ended up just bursting out loud laughing as I said, "Okay! Everyone just finish watching the movie..."