5 Reasons Why Dating May Be Awkward for My Children
I'm baaaaaaaack! I took a little hiatus with the school year almost over. We have been busy, busy, busy!
Ok, the title is pretty generic as dating is awkward for any teen but I like to think that my family is unique and a bit quirky. My youngest three children are 2 and ½ (the twins) and 5, so they have quite a few years before the prospect of dating will give me palpitations. My oldest will be 13 this fall so he will be well on his way into the dating scene. I have already begun to pity him and celebrate his increasing maturity. For all you wacky parents with wacky kids, here are 5 reasons why my children may choose to hibernate.
Their father is overprotective.
He is a loving and wonderful father but my husband is fiercely overprotective, especially of his girls. We live in a quiet area where everyone knows everyone and he locks the doors in the middle of the day, to deter phantom kidnappers. Our babysitter watches the twins at our home during the day just so that he always knows where the children are. He’s also a gun owner so watch out boys! As a side note, my husband believes that his children are the most breathtakingly beautiful children that have ever existed (and I feel the need to agree with him) so can you blame him really?
Their mother is weird.
I will be the first to admit this. I love zombies, all things Halloween, and to sing silly nonsense songs. I am known to bust out tunes by awesome bands, like The Wiggles, without prior notice. I also enjoy using hip kids’ lingo (words like “boss”) long past their expiration date intentionally. Recently, I showed my sons’ friends one of his baby pictures at a band concert. His friends loved it but my son was far from impressed. Someday, he will appreciate just how much I adore him and his girlfriends will love his baby book. However, if you believe that I am weird, you should meet my husband! I can write an entire novel on him.
Watch out for big brother.
I have a protective big brother and recall an incident in junior high where an older boy was teasing me outside of our school. My brother happened to walk outside while this was occurring and threw an unopened can of Coca Cola at the boy’s head. My brother had great aim! The boy never bothered me again. My oldest son dotes on his little sisters so I pity the fool that messes with his youngest siblings.
Little sisters are annoying.
Being an annoying little sister myself, I fully understand what a hindrance this can be. My 5 year-old daughter walks into my son’s room unannounced and is quick to tell us everything that he gets up to. There are no secrets in my house and my son has the misfortune of having three little shadows. Don’t expect privacy any time too soon, kiddo.
We have rules, limits and consequences.
While this sounds like common sense, I believe that this is too often lacking these days. I know where my kids are at all times and if my son is out with his friends, he needs to check in with us periodically. The children are expected to help out around the house and farm and if they do not help, act disrespectful, or are untruthful, privileges are taken away. They simply cannot do whatever they want and while you are thinking “no duh,” I have known many kids who can do just that.
Did I mention that we are a little weird? While this may be true, we love to have fun! Hopefully, my kids will not be too scared to bring their dates by the house. They may not have a choice in the matter. Can you relate? Feel free to weigh in with your thoughts and experiences!
Don't mess with my little sister!