"My parents aren't cool!" - Liam Baskin
Every now and then, you get a comment from your children than makes you think you are doing something right.
At first glance, the above comment does not seem to fall into this category, but it does when you hear the rest of the quote. He was talking to a woman from California who had moved to Cambodia during our recent trip there. She had told Liam that he thought he was lucky to have cool parents. He responded quickly,
"My parents are not cool. They are interesting, but not cool. They do not want to be cool in the eyes of teens. They want to be parents."
This is exactly what we want, but we did not think a 15 year-old would notice.
One of the parenting trends we see as camp professionals is the desire to be friends with children. Such a parent often wants to appear tuned into the culture of their children, even listening to the same music and wearing similar clothes.
Even before we had children, the Silver Fox (my wise mother) shared a thought with me. "Your children will have many friends, they will have only 2 parents. You must be the adult and set the limits even if you are disliked or derided."