Building relationships with step kids is difficult. When my wife and I married, the kids were 9 (girl) and 11 (boy).
They are now about to be 15 and 17.
I am still building.
Today must have been my lucky day. I had the opportunity to spend individual time with both of them today….
Sans the Momma.
Just me and them. It was quite the adventure.
First up was my step son.
I picked up a job for Saturday fixing a porch and needed some help. You know…man stuff. Start time 8 am
A little destruction and then construction.
And to his advantage I told him I would pay him. Teenage boys like cash.
Not so much the work for it part but the cash was the bait.
He took the bait and for the next 4 hours I struggled to reel him in.
I kept my wife informed, through text messaging on the progress….
Mom went to a meeting. Step son went off to his job.
She asked me to pick out a movie for her to watch on Netflix.
I thought to myself….
“Self….she is about to be 15 and is in high school. What would she enjoy and what could I bear to sit through at the same time? That is quite the conundrum, self.”
I ruled out Army Of Darkness.
I ruled out Corvette Summer and Eat My Dust.
All classics but not for 15 year old girls.
Then it hit me….
It was a win win.
Here are the observations and questions asked during the viewing-
1- OMG Is that the lady from “The Secret Life Of An American Teenager”?
2- OMG Is that the guy from “2 and a 1/2 Men”?
3- Did you dress and have hair like that back then?
My replies were as follows-
1- Yes that’s the lady from the “Everybody gets pregnant show”
2- Yes, that was before he was even 1/2 a man.
3- Who me? No I would have never dressed or had hair like that.
Sometimes bonding with the kids brings back horrible flashbacks.