Do your teens hate PDA (or any kind of affection)? So do mine.
Bruce Sallan: As my kids get older, those touching moments (and I mean "touching" literally, as well as figuratively) become more and more fleeting. As I have two boys, the amount of kissing and hugging is reduced to the point of pretty much shaking hands, and with my younger son (13), an occasional hug and air peck on the cheek. At least my three dogs still give me affection (and my wife, of course -- if I didn't say that, I'd be in the "dog house").
BUT, I had one of those "at this age" unusual and rare sappy parenting moments with my young teen when he and I went to see Avatar. It was Saturday night, so we thought getting there an hour early would be time enough to get tickets for the 7 PM show. Nope, sold out. So, we got them for the 8 PM show and went for dinner.
We chatted with other people at the "open seating" area of the restaurant (always fun), and then got seats a full hour before the movie began, to get good ones. My son, as is so typical, complained about waiting so long, and did the "how much longer?" question repeatedly. He was tired from jet lag after his recent return from Japan and Hong Kong.
To my shock and wonderful surprise, I found him resting his head on my shoulder periodically during the movie. This, from the kid who hates being hugged or even kissed by his dad ("Daaaaaddddd, it's so embarrassing!"). I pushed my luck and put my hand gently on his leg each time. He did "come to his senses" after a few moments, woke himself up, and resumed watching the movie. But this repeated itself quite a few times and, I must admit, I loved it. But what do I know? I'm just a guy.
|Bruce Sallan gave up his showbiz career a decade ago to raise his two boys, full-time, now 13 and 16. His internationally syndicated column, A DAD'S POINT-OF-VIEW, is his take on the challenges of parenthood and male/female issues, both as a single dad and now, newly remarried, in a blended family. Join Bruce's A DAD'S POINT-OF-VIEW fan page at Facebook and follow him on Twitter. To contact Bruce, visit his new website brucesallan.com.|