Do You Really Know Where Your Kids Are?

I just dropped my eldest at school earlier on... everyone in his school is supposed to attend their Teachers' Day do in the morning, including those sitting in the afternoon session. He told me that attendance was compulsory but many of his friends weren't attending. Therefore, I asked him if he wanted to go.

Well, I guess knowing that friends are getting more important in his life now, he definitely felt he needed to go to school. So, off we went and I saw that the school was still pretty empty. What worried me was when I saw a couple (this boy and a girl) leaving the school compound, looking back over their shoulders as if trying to make sure that their parents (maybe?) didn't see them while they walked out probably going out on a date.

*gosh*

I mean, I would rather that my kids run back home instead of sneak out like that.. aren't they too young to go out together?

But then again, times have changed and I wouldn't want to control my kids from wanting to explore making friends and socialising since I myself grew up feeling awkward since I was overly protected by my parents and didn't get to go out with friends until I finished my SPM exams. In the end, I wasn't smart in my social skills and was too trusting of people.

But but but... I would be really worried if my children would sneak out on a school day. I mean, I would at least expect them to tell me that they do not wish to go to school (in events like today) and would want to hang out with friends who weren't going to school. Of course, which parents would allow that, huh? Yeah... maybe not... guess that was why those two kids sneaked out.

Oh, I dunno... hanging out with the right circle of friends is so important. At least back then, I didn't have friends who taught me to lie to my parents and they never pressured me into going out with them. Nowadays, I feel the need to get to know the parents whose children are friends with my eldest but sadly, many of them are not even aware of their kids' wellbeing, or so they say about their parents.

My only hope if my son does that in the future is for him to be able to make the right decisions for him and the girl he's out with, to just make it an innocent outing at McD's and ice cream afterwards, and then head back in time for school to end. But then again, as they say, one starts with innocent moments like this for it to develop into something more experimental which may or may not get out of hand. Oh, I am now, SUPER SCARED.

Is there a Being A Good Parent for Dummies guide? Gosh... this is one stage where I need to learn quick...

5 comments:

Reza said...

It happens so fast doesn't it, one day they are still in diapers and the next they are in school... then...

I can still remember the guys n me babysitting Daniel... he should be around 12 -13 by now !! Gosh I feel so old...

sitisabri said...

Juan,
What they said is true, being a parent means you will always worry about your kids. I am scared too, coz teenage years is not easy! hhuhuuu

toughcookie said...

dear reza,
hehe yeahh... masa tu he was so cute and tiny. he's now really big tau... just turned 13 a week ago :)

ala... don't feel old... we're just much wiser than we were before, don't you think? i don't mind growing old as long as i age gracefully...

siti,
oh my tell me about it. i cringe when i think of what he'd do when i am not around...

CikLilyPutih said...

Juan,
sorry pasal tag tuh, dah letak nama u dah on the entry.
sorry sesgt tau! (dah tua lah jadi pelupa sket?

toughcookie said...

ciklily,
eh takde hal punye... :) no worries, beb...