I think many adults think at the outset that they’ll be the exception to the rule that kids don’t think their parents are cool. And I’m no exception.
I was sure my daughters would think I was hip. After all, I saw Phish in my sister’s college cafeteria before they were Phish, I once worked as a Swatch watch model in a Manhattan department store, and I used to wear a double pierce in one ear (OK, I wore a second earring in my left ear once, but it got infected so I took it out).
That seems to matter not at all to my daughters. My older one is only 3, but she’s already looking forward to kindergarten because, “Mommy can’t ride the school bus with me.” She also asks me to leave preschool almost immediately after dropping her off in the morning. And by asking me to leave, I mean she coldly shoves me out the door while saying, “OK, leave. Bye.” My younger daughter is only 6-months-old, but it’s only a matter of time. I can see it in her eyes.
Here are 7 reasons why I realize now I really never stood a chance to be seen as cool by my kids:
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