My older nephew just started middle school. I got him into video games; he always used to watch me when he was little. He thought of me before Santa as the Christmas visitor, as I’ve posted here before. Everyone seems to think he’s a lot like me. He’s actually recently said he wanted to live with me and work in my industry when he’s older. Aww.
So I took advantage of a call from my mom recently, to hear about his new school, and I asked him if there was anything he wanted to ask me, and he actually did: about my job (thought it has an interest to him to begin with). He was using my mom’s phone, and someone called while we were talking, so I had him give it back so she could call the person back, if he had nothing else (also because I didn’t want the conversation to die unnaturally for lack of things to think of saying, although I probably could’ve thought of more). I ended up feeling a little bad for doing so, because I always hear how puberty turns kids into hormone drenched monsters who don’t care about adults, and I suppose I can deal with it, but it still makes me sad. Man, I had no idea why adults were so mushy around kids until I had some in my life. I completely understand now.
So in your experience, how inevitable is that process? Can I do anything about it? We live hundreds of miles apart, so I can’t see him and his little brother with regularity. I’ve got things I’ve been doing and trying, but I’d like to hear from the older folks too.
Thanks in advance, and I’ll follow up if I think of anything else.