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In the Waiting Room — The Uncool Parents Club PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, July 02, 2014 8:16 PM

It is common in the course of raising kids that you come to realize that you have become the least cool person on the planet. I believe that using the word “cool” makes me even more uncool but I can accept that.

I found out how uncool I was a few weeks ago when my son wanted to go to the movies with his friend who was spending the night. This is not an unusual occurrence and since I like to go to movies, I have always enjoyed these outings.

This particular evening when we arrived at the movie theatre and I started to head into the building, my son came up to me and said “Mom, can you just drop us off and let us go alone, please, please, please?” I knew that he just wanted to hang out with his friends and my presence would definitely hurt his reputation. I told him that it was OK. I didn’t want to see that movie anyway and told him I would pick him up in two hours. The look of relief on his face told me that my days of going to the movies with “my little buddy” were over.

To be honest, I didn’t really want to see that movie anyway and I got to go home and have two hours of free time. So there are benefits to being uncool.

It isn’t just as a movie companion where my lack of coolness shows. For instance, the mere fact that I say that I like a certain article of clothing at the store usually means that he doesn’t want it. He will have to choose something else, or get a different color. Even when it is a style of clothing that I know he would like, I now refrain from buying him clothes. He would just look at me and shake his head, “Mom, I am not a little kid, I can pick out my own clothes. Your taste is horrible.” “Excuse me, but you are wearing almost the exact same shirt right now. If my taste is bad, so is yours.” Then he just laughs, as if to say “You are so uncool, you can’t even tell the difference between this very awesome shirt and your lame knockoff.”

I have figured out that you can lead a kid to clothes but you can’t make them wear them and it isn’t worth the hassle to try.

Our musical tastes are totally different now, too. We used to listen to a lot of the same music. Less than two years ago we could drive in the car and enjoy the same songs together. Now, he listens to so many songs that I can’t stand that I have to make sure that he always has his headphones in the car to preserve my sanity. We do still have some songs that we both like and can listen to in the car but at some point, we have to agree to go our separate ways. I get the radio and he gets the headphones.

He tells me that when he has kids of his own, he will be the coolest dad ever, because he has great taste in clothes and music and his friends will think he is awesome. I have to laugh at that because I know some day I will get to put my hand on his shoulder and welcome him to the Uncool Parents Club. Of course, by then, I will be a cool grandma.

Dr. Celeste Lopez graduated cum laude from The University of Utah College of Medicine. She completed her Pediatric residency training at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan. She is certified with The American Board of Pediatrics since 1992. In 2003, she moved her practice, Wishing Well Pediatrics, to Delphos and is located at 154 W. Third Street. She is the proud mother of a 14-year-old son.


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