It may seem a bit odd for a 20 year old male to be thinking about things this early, but since I look around and see so many people my age (and younger!) making stupid mistakes (e.g. there are 13 year olds sending nude photos, guys are going for girls who totally disrespect them and girls going for guys who disrespect them, 14 year olds having phones I didn't even get till my current age, etc.).
I worry about my future son/daughter turning out corrupt straight from the womb, as they say.
- What if they take the modern technology I got just now (like touch screen phones) for granted, and I have to work SUPER hard to satisfy them?
- I've made my share of online friends growing up, so I don't mind them having some internetz knowledge, but how can I be sure they won't run into weirdos?
- What if my child/teen gets caught up in the sexting/nude photos phase? (THERE ARE 13 YEAR OLDS DOING THAT NOW)
- I'm positive that their schoolmates will be trying to get them to watch all sorts of garbage shows, or listen to garbage music that they don't even like, just to fit in. How can I teach them that if their friends won't accept them for their own interests, that they're not their friends? Because I know that'll lead them to want all these expensive toys and stuff.
- Speaking of school, I want my son/daughter not to be one of the "popular/cool" kids who picks on those less fortunate, how can I make sure they get the message not to judge people based disabilities/skin color/even sexual orientation?
- How can I make sure they LISTEN to me when I'm trying to teach them street smarts?
- How do I teach my child not to throw such a fit over not always getting things s/he wants? I've seen kids cry in public stores and am so afraid of the day my son/daughter throws a fit in public.
- And I ESPECIALLY dread the day I have to teach them about sex. I know that you have to tell them at SOME point (otherwise they find out on their own, and then as such, make impulsive sexual decisions on their own), but how do I avoid doing it too soon or too late?
Moms/Dads, how have you managed to pass these curveballs of parenting? I feel that if I start increasing my knowledge on this subject now, that when the time eventually comes a few years down the road, I'll be fully ready to raise them the right way. I know you can't protect them from everything, and that sometimes they need to mess up here and there to learn, but I don't want my kid having a teen pregnancy, or trying to drink, or whatever.