Okay, so one of the improvements this year at work has been the parents. For some reason they’ve just been nicer and more understanding. Quite regularly we have to explain to the parents that their child can’t ride the train for some reason (height, behaviour, rat tails, etc.) and in previous years this usually evoked an argument despite the fact that our stance on the issue is final and cannot change (good old OH&S). This year though they’ve just been calmly accepting it and explained it to their child. Well, they’ve been calmer more often and don’t just go bitch to the people they think are in charge.
Another thing I’ve noticed this year is whether the kids are allowed to express themselves. After a year of learning more about gender and identity I’ve been noticing little things in everything (like in my Rugrats post earlier). Surprisingly, this year I’ve seen quite a few kids given pretty free reign regarding their image. Admittedly, they’ve all followed gender norms bar a few boys with nail polish but I have been impressed with a few kids who’ve obviously chosen their haircut given the dye, undercut or stencilling. It’s also been nice seeing kids dressed in costume, which their parents seem to encourage. Having been brought up in a relatively strict household and school it’s been great to see others brought up in far more tolerant ways.
I still don’t really want to be a parent. I kind of see the whole spawning thing as pointless and a waste of perfectly good money which could otherwise be spent on shoes but I do understand wanting to help shape the future of society by controlling the development of it’s children. I really want to be there to go ‘if you want to be/wear/look like that then sure’ for someone. I will be the cool uncle that my nephews/nieces/whatever run to when they’ve had enough of their crazy parents.