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.
(archived from June 4, 2013)