Had a wonderful weekend with some close friends of the family and their children at their house. We’ve known them for years and I’ve known their kids now 4 and 6 since birth.
After dinner we were all playing hide and seek and it turned into a big tickle fight and then their mummy shouted ‘Bed’! Kids grumbling away that they wanted to stay and play for longer, so I said to the little girl of 6, when you are sleeping I’m gonna come and tickle you again! Her face fell, she said all seriously, Oh, if you do that I have to tell my teacher. I didn’t think I understood so I said what? She said if one of mummy or daddy’s friends comes in to tickle them at night she has to tell her teacher! I felt awful! I quickly told her, you are right, I won’t come in to tickle her and I’d let her sleep, but I felt so bad!!
I told her mother, my best friend, who was actually horrified. I mean its obvious why these things need to be spoken about these days but surely keep the parents informed?? This little girl looked so serious as if I had just broken our magic play spell! I felt like some big bad monster for even suggesting a tickle! What a sad day an age we find ourselves in.