Your Crazy Kids And the Famous Celebrities They Could Become…

My wife and I accompanied our son to a birthday party this weekend. His buddy was turning the big four. Like at most parties, Felix didn’t know anyone besides the birthday boy, and he didn’t know him well either. Ah, the social disadvantages of not being enrolled in school! My boy’s often the odd one out.

For other reasons as well. Namely? He interacts with other kids as if he were psychotic. For example: the kids found sticks laying under a tree. Some drew in the dirt, or pretended they had magic wands. Felix wanted to play a game in which he came as close as possible to bopping people on the head with his stick, so close that they would get scared and then chase him away, but not so close as to make contact. That way, when I told him to stop, he could say, “Stop what? I’m not hitting. I’m just pretending to hit.”

Oh, my clever little maniac.

No one tells you it’s going to be like this: that you’ll feel like the orderly in the loony bin, trying to stay calm and make sure the patient takes his medication while he’s going bananas. But for some parents, it will be. Some of us will have kids with a ton of energy, a strong defiant streak, a slow-to-develop set of social skills, and a temper they can barely control. If you’re like me, you’ll have a kid with all of the above. Often, these kids will be boys, but not always. I’ve encountered girl hellions too.

I’ve become adept at seeing other members of the tribe. Just today, while leaving the zoo, I witnessed a little boy push a toddler out of his way as he climbed a long flight of stairs. The boy’s mom stopped to comfort the toddler, scared that he was going to topple down the fifty or so steps, while her son zipped away without concern. When she caught up to him and said to apologize, he got mad at her. Like, apologize? What do you mean, apologize? He was in my way?!

Sister, I thought to myself. I know where you’re coming from.

And so, for all you people out there dealing with similar challenges in your children, here is hope. Just imagine the ways — for better and for worse! — in which your crazy little kid is going to be an awesome take-charge grown-up.

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