every time my kids have a major purchase request (like gadgets and things worth well over 10k), I will expect them to create a 10 minute powerpoint presentation with charts, graphics, statistics, comparisons, exceptional explanations and sensible reasons to convince me. That way, I am assured that they have thought it through and that they really want it and not just because it looks pretty or it’s ‘in’, because they will know me to be a hard ass when it comes to their ‘sales pitch’. Also, it will foster creativity because I will be hypercritical of their presentations. (ARE YOU USING A DOWNLOADED THEME? IS THAT A PRESET FONT STYLE? YOU DON’T WANT THIS ENOUGH, START OVER)
I will shower my kids with books. I grew up with stingy non-book loving parents who refused to spend 300~500php on books, because they reasoned that it was not worth the money since I usually finished a book in a day. Plus, they said I could read any book I wanted, in the library for free. While I loved abusing my school’s library and my time there defined my childhood, I still missed out on having books at my reach. So I’m going to book hunt with my kids and it will be awesome. I will read books with them, steer them away from bad romance novels (which I will read from time to time as research) and guide them to the classics (HP will be a classic by then) and other awesome books. I will extensively discuss plots and characters and themes with them and when something is really bothering me about a book I will knock on their doors and bother them with questions and they’ll be all GO TO SLEEP MOTHER.
I will let my kids go out with their friends, provided that they are honest with me about the details. (I hated lying to my overly protective parents just to have fun with my friends.) I will also be very pleased when they update me about the happenings (OMG MOM JAKE JUST DID SOMETHING SO DAMN HILARIOUS AND I CAUGHT IT ON VIDEO AND I SWEAR ITS SO FUNNY IM LITERALLY SHAKING WHILE IM TEXTING) and I’ll be all COOL STORY BRO SEND ME THE YOUTUBE LINK OH AND DONT FORGET TO BUY YAKULT, WE’RE OUT
i sometimes wonder if i missed a meeting of some kind. the one in which everyone was taught every trivial and important things that i do not know. because everyone seems to do things smoothly and with absolute confidence while i stumble and flail.