Why I’m NEVER Having Kids

Why I’m NEVER Having Kids #43: Ultra-Sensitive Crybabies

June 4, 2008 · No Comments

Above: A kid cries because he killed a fly.  Really?!?

One reason kids get on my nerves is because they are oftentimes extremely sensitive.  And some of the things they are sensitive about can be downright stupid.

A few years ago, I went to visit an Uncle and his family in Philadelphia.  Amongst the people in the household were my two younger cousins, one of whom was a HUGE fan of the Sixers’ basketball team.

During the time of my visit, the Sixers were in play-off mode, and my Uncle and cousin would watch the games every night.  One night, after they had lost one of their games, I mentioned that I was glad they lost, as I didn’t want them to get to the finals.  I didn’t actually MEAN this (since I’m not a sports fan, nor do I have a favorite team), but I said it as a means of going against my Uncle and cousin’s team so there’d be some rivalry.

Well, my words didn’t go over too well with my 7-year old cousin.  “Why don’t you like the Sixers?!? Iverson is the BEST!”  To which I would reply: “Eh, he’s not REALLY all that good.  Besides, I don’t like their team colors, and they can’t play that well.”

You’d have thought I’d just shot the President or something.  Next thing I know, my cousin is crying his eyes out, running to his Dad and telling him how upset he was that I didn’t like his favorite team!

Now, how was I supposed to know that this would be an issue that would make him want to cry??  The answer: I wasn’t.

Kids aren’t born out the womb with thick skins.  It’s one of those things that has to be developed through years and years of world experiences.  As one gets older, one finds themselves able to not take every little thing as a life-or-death situation, or to take things so personally/seriously.

Until they get to that point, though, kids are like crying time-bombs:  you have no idea what’s going to set the waterworks off, but when they are, WATCH OUT!

What’s funny is, what may set one child off may not even be an issue for another child.  A parent with two kids might find that one of them starts crying whenever the word “butter” is mentioned, while the other kid starts crying at the sound of a vacuum.  Either way, it means one thing: the parents-in-question have to be aware of what issues are going to make their kid upset.

Does this stage eventually end?  For the most part, yes – but it can take a LONG time for a kid to not be so sensitive about everything.  My cousin was 7 when he was crying over me not liking his favorite basketball team. SEVEN!  And that was just ONE issue – kids have a plethora of things they can be sensitive about, and most of it is downright stupid.

I’ve seen kids cry over having a stain get on their shirt; tripping on themselves; not being able to push a shopping cart in a grocery store; having their parent change a TV channel; giving someone a present, then not being able to get it back; having their parent tell them “no” about something; killing a fly… and so on, and so on.

At this point in my life, there’s really not too much I’m sensitive about, and I really don’t feel like having to walk on eggshells just because my kid may or may not get upset about… well, whatever it is they’d be upset about.  I enjoy the freedom that comes with being able to say or do what I want, without having to worry that I’ll cause some ultra-sensitive crybaby to tear up!

-A.P. Taylor

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