Myra Faye Turner, Writer
How many times do we, as parents, tell our kids they should try something new but then fail to follow our own advice? I can't be the only one. I'm forever nagging Tyler to "just try it" and if you have teens you'll understand they are often contrite and contrary.
"But how will you know you don't like it, if you don't even try it?" I find myself asking more often than I feel I should. Sometimes I am able to win him over. More often than not, he's the victor. Recently I had an epiphany. I realized my son is like me in many ways. I'm fairly open to trying new experiences but there are times when I am adamant and just plain pigheaded and refuse to budge. For instance, he's always trying to get me to watch some lame YouTube channel or a program on Netflix or Hulu that he swears is funny. I know that given we have totally different ideas of what constitutes "funny", chances are I'm not going to enjoy it and I don't like wasting my time on a bunch of BS.
But how can I expect him to try new things, if I'm not willing to do the same? The answer is, I can't. So I give him 5 minutes of my time to watch his lame videos. I will watch at least one episode (possibly two) of a program he likes, with the understanding that if I don't like it, I'm not gonna watch any more.
Somewhat reluctantly he agreed. We even had an all night movie marathon last Saturday where we each selected four movies we wanted to watch. And we couldn't complain about the movies the other chose and we had to pay attention the whole time! It was fun and now that we've come to an understanding, I think we'll be okay. He's even convinced me to try new food that I wouldn't otherwise try and I love food but some of the stuff he comes up with (from watching YouTube, of course) is gross. But I decided to try deep fried Oreos. And you know what, they're actually tasty.