Lessons Learned Doing Kids Stuff

I got a huge compliment from my 13 year old son the other day.  He said I’m a really cool mom for being “into” the same things my kids are into.  I’m just tickled that he noticed!  (he is a teenager after all)

Now I’m going to let you in on a little secret…. I don’t actually love all the activities my kids love.  Shocking right?!  However, I do understand that it’s extremely important to support the kids’ interests.  Some are easier than others.

–       The kid that loves musical theater – he’s kind of my mini-me so it’s easy to share his interests.

–       The kid that plays basketball – I don’t always understand the calls & my butt goes numb sitting on the bleachers but I remind myself to be thankful it’s an indoor sport.

–       As for the kid that loves Pokemon – this is where I learned a big lesson last weekend – I took him to an anime/gaming convention and I must admit I was dreading it.  This son is very easy-going and it would have been easy for me to put off his request to attend the convention.  I could have told him it wasn’t in our budget right now (it wasn’t) or that we had too many other things going on (we do).  But I couldn’t use lame excuses.  He had researched the convention.  He knew the when, the why, the how much.  It was important to him, so I told myself to suck it up and just take him, no matter how boring it would be for me.

Boring, ha!  Boy did I learn a valuable lesson.  We had a blast watching all the people dressed up as their favorite characters.  The smile on my son’s face told me that I had stumbled upon a great mommy moment.

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(archived from June 4, 2013)

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