I miss kids
June 4, 2013 2:24 PM Subscribe
How can I spend more time around children? I basically have zero interaction with any children, ever, and it's sort of getting me down.
posted by showbiz_liz to human relations (31 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
I'm in my mid-20s, live in NYC. The only person in my extended family under the age of 18 is one cousin who lives in Kansas, and who I've never actually met. I don't have any friends with children, or with plans to have children any time soon. I don't work with children, I don't participate in any social activities where children might be present, and basically I could easily go for months without speaking to a person below the legal drinking age.
But, I LOVE children. I think they're fascinating and fun and brilliant. I love spending time around them, and when I do get to interact with them I have so much fun. And kids usually seem to like me, too. I really wish I had more opportunities to be around them- especially because I'd like to have them one day, and I don't want to be woefully unprepared by the time it happens. Plus, I just find it sort of unnatural and limiting to only be exposed to people in my own age group on a regular basis.
I can't really think how to make this happen, though. The entire structure of my life seems basically dedicated to ensuring that I only spend time with other childfree people in their 20s and 30s. And I don't want to be, like, WEIRD about it. I'm not trying to steal anyone's babies here, but even typing up this question I'm worried that it comes across that way.
So... any ideas?