I might be young, but I have a hard time understanding kids. They actually make me uncomfortable and I’m afraid of the day my friends will all have kids. I honestly don’t know what kids like or enjoy. To me, it doesn’t matter if they’re 5,10, 13 or 15, I just cannot grasp what they’re all about. I do not know what TV Shows they like, what cartoons they’re into, which characters they admire, what they read…
I just don’t know. The worst part is, I still feel like one and I actually watch cartoons from time to time (Adventure Time, Regular Show… or Rugrats and Dragon Ball, for example), but I have a hard time relating to them, since I watch these shows in another level (for their artistic value, just to give an example).
The best I can do, is to treat them as my equal, since we like the same things. So,when I meet kids, I talk to them as if they’re adults. I do not make any funny voices or talk down to them. I just talk with them about whatever they come up with. I feel they enjoy being treated that way, but I know I’m expected to interact with them as if they were babies until they’re 18 years old. A little girl came to me once to show me some drawing she was pretty proud of. It looked like the image on top of this post. All I could come up with was “Oh, that’s… great”. She looked at me, paused, smiled, and went away. As she left, her parents responded to my reaction by saying, in the most sarcastic way they could, “Oh, you’ll make such a great dad”. And that, in a way, made me happy. I’d rather be a fun uncle.
Life Lesson : Kids are serious business.
Actual Advice : Kids enjoy being taken seriously. After all, they spend their whole childhood wishing they were adults. Forget the silly voices and made-up interest.
PROTIP : Their drawings are terrible. That’s one thing you should say to them.