How can a 12-year-old boy hurt a grown man’s feelings?
Because my whole heart is in it, little does he know.
I always wanted to give the boy the kind of experiences I had as a kid but the world is so much different. I had an Attari but only played it when extremely bored. Like when it was raining or below zero. He doesn’t want to do any physical activity. He hates camping, he doesn’t want to go to the farm, or swimming or anything. I have forced him to do these things thinking he will start to enjoy himself but the kid is so stubborn that he even refuses to have fun because in his words " how can I have fun when I have been kidnapped and forced into hard labor". I probably shouldn’t have laughed at that but it was funny… At first. It very quickly made me angry. I mentioned video games because I thought I could play games with him and bond that way. Nope. He cheats he really does and he trips out and tells me he ain’t cheating. It’s not his fault that I suck and he is right about that but he won’t play the games that I am good at. He doesn’t like to lose. Who does?
This Parenting thing is not as easy as I had imagined. As a matter of fact, it isn’t easy at all. I remember when I was a kid I promised I was gonna be an awesome dad. Which meant no spankings, no angry outbursts. I was gonna listen to my child and have respect for it. Reminds me of something I read once…
“When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a * child, I thought** as a child, but when I became a man, I put away childish things.”
I feel a little better now that I wrote my “feelings” down. I was gonna cancel this post but thought I would leave it up. Maybe there are some veteran parents out there with some anecdotes or stories of their own.