I was always adamant that I would be a “cool” parent that I would take an interest in the things that my kids were into. You see as a child I always felt that as much as I loved them and they loved me that my parents just did not get me. That was not going to be the case when I had kids. I was going to make a real effort to understand the things they like… well as hard as I have tried there are still many, many times when my kids have made me feel old or have gave me an embarrassed look in public… just like I used to do to my own parents. Here are a few of the times when I have felt old, odd and weird!
Baku….What: Wow I am Old And Out Of Touch
There is this TV show, toy line, video game and a whole bunch of other merchandise called Bakugan. I am not even going to try and explain what the heck this is all about as my son has explained to me about 100 times, I have watched the TV show with him numerous times and I have even played the video game with him… And I even looked at the rules of the game online and I am still no closer to understanding how the heck you play this game. I just do not get it. And this Bakugan thing has succeeded in making me feel like an old out of touch parent! This was the first thing that made me realize as “cool” as I thought I was that me and my kids are from different generations.
Just Press The A Button: Video Games Make Me Feel Bad!
I grew up in the 80’s so video games have been a part of my life and I still do actually have a passing interest to this day. My kids though are addicted and love nothing more than running to their Xbox’s as soon as they are home from school. I love to play games with my kids, but now they are a bit older, what they think is a cool and interesting game is different from what I do. I was playing this game called Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare. It’s a shooting game where plants fight zombies… yeah exactly! Anyway I was kind of having fun, but I was having a tough time playing the game. I would ask my son questions such as “who is shooting at me”, “how do I do this” and “how do I pick that up”. How do I pick that up was the question that put him over the edge as he snapped at me “JUST PRESS A ITS NOT THAT HARD” eventually he took the controller off me and just did it himself… Video games made me feel bad L
What Is Wrong With My Work Out Gear: Do I Look Weird?
Every day I would drop my kids off at school I would do so in my work out gear and my hair tied back as I would always go straight to the gym after I had left them. A few other parents did this from time to time and I never thought nothing of it… until one day when my eldest was in his fourth year of school, I went into my sons room with my good old trusty workout gear on to tell him it was time to go. I was greeted with this “oh my god why do you have to wear that it’s so embarrassing”. I laughed and said “this is what people wear to the gym”. He shook his head and said “no you just look weird”. I should have just shrugged it off, but that little… lovely child made me feel like I was an embarrassing weirdo!
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