parenting

I Don’t Like Other People’s Kids


PicsArt_1427716774648Okay, that sounds a little harsh. Let me elaborate more.

It’s not that I don’t LIKE them, they just make me feel uncomfortable. I don’t know how to interact with them, doesn’t matter the age. Expect maybe teenagers. Those are easy.

But little kids. Babies, toddlers, pre-schoolers. Put me in the same room with one of them and I will sit staring at them from the corner of the room, with an uncomfortable look on my face. I just don’t know how to interact with other kids without feeling stupid, or thinking that I might say something wrong or make a total fool out of myself.

Now having kids of my own makes it ironic since you’d expect that I would be used to the environment. But there’s the catch – I don’t feel weird around my own child {soon to change to children} because I know who they are as little beings. I know what makes Monster happy, and makes him laugh. I know what is entertaining to him and what activities he enjoys participating in. In front of a stranger’s kid, they have the advantage over me. I am totally petrified at entertaining someone else’s child. I’m afraid that I might say something stupid, make a funny face which I think is cute but in turn makes the child cry and I’m scared that other parents will look at me and think, “Are you sure you’re a mom?”

I chuckle as I think about this because the irony is just looming over me. I was talking to one of my friends this weekend about it, and sure enough, a little while later, we bumped into a lady we both know with a little baby. My friend swooped down to make jokes with the little one and tickle him while I just stood there with a frozen expression {with a mixture of terror and panic}. I felt like I was supposed to do something. Maybe just make a noise of some sort or giggle, even pull a funny face. And I couldn’t do it. I just breathed a sigh of relief when we finally moved on to where we were heading and I was able to relax again.

Please, someone explain to me how it is possible to be a parent but not be able to interact with other kids apart from your own?

Knowing the answer would complete a small part of my life.

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