A new feature to help me in my numerous parenting struggles as the mother of three boys. Things come up now and then, and I thought this is as good a spot as any to gather opinions and advice. I will state the issue, leaving out my own thoughts and feelings, and hopefully gain some insight from all of you. I will comment at the end of the comments to share my conclusions.
Say hello to my little friend...
An 18 year old boy (a senior in high school) from my neighborhood has shown a sudden interest in playing with the neighborhood kids. The nine children he plays with range in age from 6-10, but the core group are boys around 7-8 years old.
He comes to the door to ask if the kids can come play or if they are playing in the cul de sac he comes out to join them. They ride bikes, and skateboards. They jump on the trampoline and run around. The kids follow him like the pied piper. He just bought some kind of spinning out big wheel thing that he brought out over the weekend to play with all the kids.
His family moved here 18 months ago from a neighboring state. He is a starter on the high school football team, he has a girlfriend, he is cute and popular in school. He has a job in a local indoor playground that parents rent for birthday parties. There are several teens on my street and many in the neighborhood.
The week he turned 18 he got a large tattoo, pierced his ear, and began playing with all the little children.
Now, it's your turn...