I’ve never been a “kid” person really. I have no doubt that this has been evident to my children at times and will be the root of many sessions with a licensed therapist.
Maybe I’ve seen too many Stephen King movies or read The Turn of the Screw too many times, but I’ve never quite trusted that they will not kill me and eat my brains the moment I turn my back on them. It doesn’t help that I have twins, which everyone knows can’t end well.
So, I have compiled a little Quick Reference Guide for those of you who, like me, feel at least mildly uncomfortable around children. You may print this out and laminate it if you like.
Many people try to talk to kids as if they are adults. However, I choose to talk to them like they are tiny drunk adults.
Most kids are smarter than we give them credit for. This is scary for us because if it weren’t for their short stature and lack of organizational skills, we would be their slaves.
Don’t feel bad if you come across a kid you don’t like. They most likely shot out of the womb of adults you also don’t like.
Only let your kids play with kids whose parents drink. I don’t think I even need to explain that one.
It’s OK to swear in front of kids – just spell out the words. This is my personal contribution to literacy in our nation.
Always wear earplugs and shin guards.
If you find yourself outnumbered by them at any time, refer back to your reading of Lord of the Flies in high school, ascertain who is positioning for alpha and take him or her out.
If the above doesn’t work, turn on any electronic device. You could turn on an empty blender and they will be mesmerized. It’s the great equalizer. And, I believe, the way they communicate with their mother ship.
You must always remember that children are lunatics. I don’t have a lot of first-hand experience with truly insane people but have watched several episodes of Hoarders and My Strange Addiction, which I believe makes me an expert in mental illness. My conclusion is that you just avert your eyes and back away. Most mental health professionals would probably agree with me.
So, follow these simple steps to get through the awkward years (1-18) and they grow up enough to be your drinking buddy or your dealer.
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