Be Honest: Do you genuinely like other peoples kids?

posted 2 years ago in Beehive
  • poll: Do you genuinely like other peoples kids?
    I do like kids for the most part-- some have their moments but overall yes : (66 votes)
    38 %
    That's a no-- I typically don't like other peoples children : (106 votes)
    62 %
  • Post # 61
    Member
    7918 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    I’m indifferent towards other people’s kids. I have to make a concerted effort to be playful. 

    Post # 62
    Member
    220 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2017 - Sauk Valley Resort

    I don’t like “stranger kids”, as I call them. That kid in the store being obnoxious? Can’t stand them. My nieces and nephew and kids of friends? I love them! I just feel really uncomfortable around kids I don’t know, I guess because they’re so unpredictable. I also don’t really know how to talk to random kids. At least when I somewhat know them, and know their parents, I know things about them and it’s easier to hold a conversation.

    Post # 63
    Member
    6428 posts
    Bee Keeper

    fromatoz :  Some kids yes.  But most I hate which sounds awful but half the time the kids are just damn terrors.

    Post # 64
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    3362 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2017 - City, State

    I don’t really like being around kids, even well behaved ones. I don’t want to hold babies or anything like that. I’m perfectly content to let others hog all the baby time.

    Post # 65
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    1017 posts
    Bumble bee

    Kids are usually okay. The parents on the other hand…

    Post # 66
    Member
    191 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: November 2018

    LOVE babies ….. Im all about the 3 and under age group. Once they get older I like them on a case by case basis …. but honestly, I havent met too many kids I didn’t like. 

    Post # 67
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    5126 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: December 2014

    I’m uncomfortable around them more than anything. I just feel like I don’t know how to talk to them or what’s appropriate for what age (like do I ask them what color their shoes are? Do they know colors? Can they count yet? Lol). I didn’t have younger siblings and never babysat, so I really wasn’t exposed to children much outside of when I was a child myself.

    I’m not one to seek out kids or babies, but man do they love me. I don’t know what it is, they tend to just latch on.

    Post # 68
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    1330 posts
    Bumble bee

    i don’t like most people, regardless of age. i’m hugely introverted and awkward and it takes a ton of energy to be to ‘on’ around most people. so when i say i don’t like children it isn’t just because they are children. lol. i can handle kids middle school and up (which is lucky, as i’ve been a teacher for the past five years). but little kids make me nervous…they are unpredictable and highly emotional, yet simultaneously they are tedious and boring. don’t get me wrong, i am nice to kids…i just don’t enjoy their company.

    Post # 69
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    2584 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2017

    fromatoz :  genuinely: yes. So very much. I love children, I always have. From babies brand new and up. I want to squeeze and love them all.

    One day I’ll have my own, but for now, I’ve just got my cats. 

    Post # 70
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    104 posts
    Blushing bee

    Kids are difficult for me. Kids like to slam glass doors, run around like elephants, don’t always wash their hands, flush or even wipe after using the bathroom. They don’t respect your privacy and you have to watch them constantly or else they might do something bad. Then when you try to tell them to do or not do something they just ignore you and do whatever they want because they don’t even listen to their parents anyway.

    I’m sure that if I had my own kids I would prioritize teaching them cleanliness and manners and I would own far less fragile objects. But where I am in my life right now they just seem very annoying/gross

    Post # 71
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    2629 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2017 - Hogarths, Solihull

    I’m the youngest of 3, so even though I’m only 26, I have 3 nephews (15, 2 & 1) with another due March, and 2 neices (7 & 5) with another due next month!

    This means that I’ve been around/cared for young kids for a large part of my life. Overall, I do love them. 

    It really depends on the kid though – I’m not overly fond of our friends’ child because she’s fairly irritating. IMO that’s due to their parenting when she was a baby, but I’d obviously never mention this to them! I tend to think of kids in the same respect as I think of anyone – some you gel with, some you don’t!

    Post # 72
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    1124 posts
    Bumble bee

    I voted for no, which felt a bit harsh as it’s not that I don’t like them as such, but more that I’m indifferent to them. I’m bascially not overly interested in them or excited to see them. I’m just not really a baby/kid person.

    Post # 73
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    1597 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2017

    I love kids, and as a teacher I see that often the ‘bad’ ones are that way because of poor parenting or conditions like ADHD and ASD. The more time I spend with a child, the easier it is to find things to admire, enjoy or respect about them.

    I do get uncomfortable around teenagers and I prefer not to spend time with them unless I know them. 

    Post # 74
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    6936 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

    It depends.

    Most of my friends parent their kids similar to how I was raised, and how I plan to raise my own kids. For the most part they all have polite, well-behaved kids. While they are all kids, and certainly have their moments, they generally act age appropriate and are enjoyable to be around.

    I have a couple of friends who do NOT parent their kids the way I would. They’re helicopter parents and really baby them. The result is that their kids are really whiney and immature for their ages. I find them super hard to be around, and do my best to only plan adult activities with those friends. I have one friend whose son is so annoying I honestly can’t stand being around him. He acts so much younger than his age, and she’s the parent who always makes excuses. Nothing is ever her kids fault…it’s always the fault of the teacher, another kid, etc.

    I expect your 3 year old to act like a 3 year old. I don’t expect your 9 year old to act like a 3 year old.

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