What the hell is the world coming to? I accept not everyone lives the way we do. I get it. Not everyone lives in a straight, mommy and daddy living in the same house as man and wife, WASP environment. Fair enough. As the kids have gotten older, I’ve had to explain divorce and the single parent household; the same sex parent household; and the racially diverse household. It’s all good; I’m an adult and I can handle it. I’ve explained the standard ‘these are your parts and no one touches ’em ever’ rigamarole. But someone please explain to me the precociousness of today’s children. It’s ridiculous that some parents treat kids as mini-adults.
NEWS FLASH: they aren’t mini-adults. That’s why we call them CHILDREN!
For several years, I’ve had an eye on a friend of my son’s. It’s unkind, but the child has future hootchie written all over her to the point I’ve cornered the mother and told her to have a talk with her child about boundaries and keeping her hands to herself. It’s no surprise, considering the environment she lives in, however, no amount of me saying (politely, mind you) ‘knock it off’ seems to work. I feel shitty for feeling the way I do and yes, I genuinely feel badly for this child. She gets shuttled to our house when mommy’s boyfriend du jour is on the premises or to her grandparents’ for weeks on end. If this child’s clothes got any tighter, they’d qualify as skin and she’s constantly all over my son. It’s to the point I feel like a warden watching over the inmates when she’s over to play. What kind of 10 year old child (no, I’m not joking) acts like a hustling twentysomething?! Today, she flatout asked if she could spent the night as my son’s guest.
Pardon me whilst I scrape my jaw off the pavement.
ARE YOU FREAKIN’ KIDDING ME?!? Let me think about it a minute…um, HELL NO!
Am I missing something here? Would you let your kid have an opposite sex friend spend the night? When I blindsided Himself with the whole conversation, he had the same reaction to the sleepover question, but still feels it’s perfectly okay that they continuing playing together. I say the difference between 10 and 13 is huge and that’s the end of that. On the other hand, maybe if she’s away from home more she’ll start acting like a normal 10 year old. What do you think? Am I wrong?
Where’s the wine?