I’d like to think I was a pretty good kid. I received good grades and stayed away from drugs and alcohol. Yet, I wasn’t a perfect child. At one time or another, I think most kids make their parents want to pull out their hair. Now, that I’m a parent, I can think back to some times when I bet I drove my parents crazy.
Growing up, I lived in Los Angeles. This means there was a lot of night life. I remember going out once and staying out after midnight. My parents called me several times but my friends didn’t want to leave. Looking back, they were probably very worried. Although I don’t have teens yet, I’m not looking forward to the time when they start wanting to stay out late with their friends.
Hanging out with Bad Influences
Most of my friends I hung out with in high school were “good kids.” We went to church group together and spent most weekends having slumber parties. However, I did have some friends from elementary school who became involved with drugs and raves. I never allowed these friends to negatively influence me. Still, my parents tried to discourage me from hanging out with these friends. I can see why they didn’t want me to associate with these kids. I hope I can raise my kids to be confident and not give into peer pressure.
No, I never ran away from home. However, when I was a toddler and preschooler, I liked to run away. Once I ran into an elevator. The doors shut and I went up and down by myself. Other times, I would hide in the clothing racks at stores. I know this drove my parents crazy because my daughter was a runner for a while. She thought running away was a game. It took a lot of tough disciplining. However, she quickly learned that if she ran away we would leave the park or other “fun” outing. Now, that she is almost four, she has pretty much grown out of this stage.
Pulling the Fire Alarm
When I was about five, I pulled the fire alarm where my father was teaching summer school. I remember having to talk to the principal and getting into trouble. Those red little pull levers on the alarms are definitely tempting. I’m sure my father was very embarrassed.
It seems that most parents make at least one Emergency Room visit with their children. I remember going a few times. Most of the time, it was a playground injury. Yet, even into my college years I did some reckless things like crowd floating at concerts. My daughter has inherited this recklessness. She likes to climb, do flips on the bed and ride her bike extremely fast. Luckily, she hasn’t had any serious injuries.
As a parent, I can relate to my own parents’ experiences better. Likewise, I appreciate their efforts in keeping me safe. At least, I know I’m not alone when my kids do something crazy.
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