I had an epiphany the other day. I realized kids are like pets, up to a certain age. Allow me to explain.
First, how do your pets greet you when you come home? They act like they haven’t seen you in days and you’re the greatest thing since stinky slippers! Their tail nearly wags off and they want to give you as much lovin’ as possible! You can feel the stress melt away.
Now, think about how your kids greet you. I’m talking kids under the age of six or so. You walk into their daycare class. Their friends announce that so-and-so’s mommy or daddy is here. Your child catches sight of you and comes running up, grinning ear to ear! A big, long bear hug ensues as a smile sweeps across your face. I think I even close my eyes to maximize the experience.
Or, if they’re getting off the bus from elementary school, you get some love too. They come running down the sidewalk with their book bags flopping on their backs, smile on their face as they wrap their arms around your waist. Mmmmm,mmmm, mmmmm. Can’t get enough of that.
But, unfortunately, they age out of that. At some point, around seven or so, it becomes uncool to show a little PDA to your mama.
Case in point. When I volunteer in my eight-year-old daughter’s class, she barely even acknowledges my presence when I walk in! What gives? Her friends have no problem with giving me a hug. She’s affectionate at home, but not in front of her peeps.
Although, the other day, her teacher said she begged to read with me. Yeah, that’s my baby…
Lynda is the mom of three and co-host of Mix 101.5 WRAL-FM's Bill & Lynda in the Morning. Find her here on Thursdays.