My little girl is growing up! She is truly a 16 year old in a 5 year old body. That is her favorite age...16. When she plays pretend, or when she plays with dolls, or when she talks about her future, the magic age is always 16. Honestly it makes me cringe inside every time she says it! She thinks she can handle anything a 16 year old can handle and wants to experience those things at the ripe old age of 5. It is my responsibility as her mom to show her she is just not ready for those things yet.
I am a big proponent of age appropriate exposure. I firmly believe that a child should experience life in this world in ways that are appropriate for their age. That means no TV shows or movies for my 5 year old and 4 year old that are meant for an 8 or 10 year old. And they are just not ready for video games that are rated M for Mature or music that has subject matter they are not capable of understanding. They need to be shielded and protected from things that are too much for them to process at such a delicate and young age, while exposed to things that will help them develop cognitive reasoning and coping skills that are appropriate for their developmental needs. One step at a time, at the right time will help them mature in a responsible and effective way, in my opinion.