Consider yourself warned!
A guide for those who think they want children.
During the summer, my philosophy is that if I have to leave the house in the morning, so do the kids. Everyone must have somewhere to go. If I have to go to work, no one gets to stay home and chillax.
This year, my son is working as a camp counselor at a basketball camp. He is there at 7:30 am and does not leave until the last kid is picked up by their parent. Why this kid chose to be a camp counselor is a mystery to me. I’ve seen how he is with his younger sister. He has no patience at all! Unfortunately for him, he works with the 6 year old kids and they are really making him earn his money! Here’s a sampling of some of the things he has said to me (remember he has only had this job for about five weeks now):
“Mommy, I just don’t know how you did it with two kids!” (Mind you, he and his sister are still kids and I’m still doing it!)
“Mommy, why do people send six year olds to basketball camp?”
“Mommy, these kids just don’t listen!”
“Mommy, I was telling these kids that LeBron is the best, and they told me that Stephen Curry was better than LeBron. I told them that some people think that Michael Jordan is the best, and they asked me, who is that?” (I think that one was one of my favorites!)
“Mommy, Kid X was misbehaving, so I told him that I was going to call his grandmother and tell her that he was being bad. All of a sudden, Kid X gets all serious. When I turned around, his grandmother was right behind me!”
My daughter is volunteering at a preschool from 9 am to 6 pm, where she works with 3 and 4 year olds. Now, I can see her doing that because she loves little kids. Every time she sees babies/preschoolers in the street, she comments on how they are soooooo adorable. Now that she has been working, she still thinks kids are adorable, but now she is learning that dealing with kids all day is exhausting. When I ask her about her day, she just sighs and tells me about how tired she is. Apparently, these kids don’t want to follow directions either and some of them aren’t potty trained, so there may be a surprise or two waiting for her when she wakes them up from nap time. Some of the things she has said to me are:
“Mommy, they may look like little kids, but they act like grumpy 70 year olds!” (I found this statement to be interesting because the only 70 year olds that she really hangs around regularly are her grandparents)
“Mommy, it just makes me appreciate how you put up with me even more.” (This just warmed my heart)
Luckily for me, when they come home, they are too tired to go out. They are home, and I don’t have to worry about them hanging out in the streets. Also, I’m hoping that spending time with these little kids will be a sort of pre-emptive birth control for them (I can’t be a parent that buries her head in the sand when it comes to teenage sex). Anyway, luckily for them, they get the last two weeks of August off. My son has already told me that he can’t wait to go back to school!
So, if you don’t want your kids hanging out all night during the summer, or if you want them to experience caring for children, make them get summer jobs working with kids!
So now you know … Consider Yourself Warned!
SassyGirlTye lives with her two wonderful teenagers in Brooklyn, New York. No matter what she says in her posts, she truly loves her children with all her heart.