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10/24/2013 10:47 am ET | Updated Dec 24, 2013

What Happened When My 5-Year-Old Watched Miley Cyrus's 'Wrecking Ball'

My 5-1/2-year-old daughter busted me watching the "Wrecking Ball" video by Miley Cyrus and while I am not proud of my behavior, I am not ashamed of it, either. Surely, had the images been of a more sexual, frighteningly graphic or violent nature, I would have slammed the computer shut to shield her. And though I realize that I may be setting myself up for criticism for letting her watch, I feel strongly about striking a balance between protecting my children and being realistic about the world in which they are growing like weeds. So, as she watched, I asked her what she was thinking. She had some pretty hilarious commentary.

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"Oh, she's pretty! Her teeth are so white. She must brush a lot."

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"That's gross... Why is she licking it?"

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"She needs a *bra-n." (* her word for bra)

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"That's not a real swing! When the wall grows again, and she hits it, she's gonna get hurt!"

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"Why does she have pictures on her? She must be strong. Boys who are strong have pictures on them. Daddy is strong. He needs pictures."

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"I don't know why she's naked, but maybe she has shoes on so she doesn't get a splinter."

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"She's crying! Maybe she got a bit hurt on the wrecking ball."

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"Now she's hitting herself. She is upset because she was wrecking the walls. She made a biiiiig mess."

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"She got killed! She got killed!"

I can't say I won't watch Miley again (and again), but as far as my daughter is concerned, I'll let this video rest in peace.

Read more from Karri-Leigh on her blog, Dirty Laundry & Dirty Diapers.