Okay now, I love Love LOVE Mark Wahlberg. I have for YEARS. I find him absolutely darling. In the last few days I’ve seen him taking a little bit of heat and at first the headlines all scared me because God help me……..I don’t want to read anything bad about him or want to hear he’s a bad parent or person or anything.
I saw this on a few blogs and did think WTH!?!?! It’s on right at the 1:00 mark.
Okay first of all. I don’t even remotely consider that a date by any stretch of the imagination. I remember when I was in 5th grade, a boy asked me to go to a movie with him. Bullitt with Steve McQueen. My dad told me the only way I could go to a movie with a boy in 5th grade was if he was dead! “Over my dead body” would be how he put it exactly. When you’re 16 he said, you can go out alone with a boy and not a minute sooner.
But I also had “boy friends” when I was way too young to even know what a date is and I think this is what Mark Wahlberg did. They were just two little kids watching a movie together in a theater with both their dads. I know with my boys as well as all 3 grandchildren that yes, in the under 8 or so age range, they aren’t “dates.” They are “play-dates.” Mind you, when my kids were growing up there were no such things as “play-dates.” Kids just got together and played. We didn’t feel the need to have “names” for everything back then. Sometimes I find some of this stuff tiring.
What about you? Do you think what these two did was go out on a date? Why is he getting blasted? How old were you when you were allowed to go on a “real” date? Do you let your kids “play” with the opposite sex and what age do you have in mind for when your kids can go out alone with the opposite sex?