Our relationships have come a long way since elementary school…or have they? We’d like to think we learned a few of our best love lessons in kindergarten.
1. Like the kid with cooties instead of the class stud
Why? Everyone likes the same guy, so you’ve already got tons of competition…plus Mr. Class Cutie is probably full of himself off of all that attention. Color outside the lines and take a chance on someone you wouldn’t normally “like.” It might turn out to be fun.
2. Don’t get “married” too many times
Kindergarten weddings are a staple (at least they were back in the day) and girls got “married” to a different groom every day during playtime. Putting on the veil and having your BFF play maid of honor was all fun and games at the time, but jumping into serious adult relationships at lightning speed or in quick succession is definite cause for a time out.
3. Don’t be too mean to boys
Yep, fellas have been confusing us since before the age of five. As kids we reacted by making gross-out faces or bursting into tears, as adults we still react by being total bee-hatches or crying crazies. Sometimes you have to forgive the kid who knocked your cookies on the floor (if he properly apologized) or the guy who showed up late (the same manners rule still applies).
4. …and don’t let mean boys get to you
From teasing to getting cheating on or dumped by a complete jerk, mom was right: ignore them when they act like idiots. Whatever you do, don’t tease back, fight, tattle, scream or cry—just act like it doesn’t bother you. Eventually they’ll get a clue that what they’re doing is not okay. There are plenty of other guys in class (fish in the sea…).
5. DEFINITELY have a guy friend
Dressing up and watching chick flicks (everything from the Little Mermaid to today’s Twilight) is fun, but sometimes you need a best guy friend for some much-needed insight on important stuff, like how to play Sonic. Plus, knowing everything about the Ninja Turtles and rocking at riding a Hot Wheels will impress said Cootie Crush above.
GIRL TALK TIME: What is something about guys that you learned early on? Any guy behaviors that you think are still the same from when you were young? Did you have any “boyfriends”? Do you still talk?