This is an image of my mom and I giving my Dad (not pictured) the look of, "We've got another Anarchy meme." Just kidding.
Lots of people ask me what it’s like to grow up with young parents. Here’s my answer: it’s awesome. Like everyone, we’ve had some rough times here and there. But because they're young, it brings a lot of unique factors to our relationship - good and bad but more good than bad.
Lots Of 90's Music.
My Mom and I rock out to good jams on the way to Costco, Target, Ralph's etc.
Most of my favorite bands are the same ones they listened to in High School. (Particularly my Mom.) I know, it’s kind of weird, but also really cool. Growing up listening to their music allowed me to understand my parents on a level that’s uncommon for most my age.
Your Mom Has More Instagram Followers Than You.
I have 190, she has 400. (I’m laughing too.)
My parents understand my generation - I’m really grateful for that. They've helped me see the good and bad.
“I had Instagram before Instagram had Instagram.” - My Dad
Your Friends Want To Hang Out With Them Too.
They called them “Mr. and Mrs. Moss”, but they probably wanted to call them “Mr. and Mrs. Homie”.
It’s not embarrassing to have your parents around. I’ve always enjoyed the occasions with both my friends and parents. They never talked down to my friends and my friends were always respectful. It worked out.
Their Advice Is More Relevant.
(This is mainly a combination of the last two.)
We don’t always agree on everything, but having young parents makes them easier to listen to. (And harder to rebel against.) Too many people tell me I was a good kid, but really I just had/have good parents.
They Probably Dropped Me A Lot As A Baby.
(Now that I think about it, I think my Mom confessed she did once. That explains a lot of things.)
They admit they felt clueless when I was born - they’ve told me many times. They feel they’ve failed as parents because they started having kids young. But it’s the way they matured, the battles they fought, and their bravery to be different that makes me view them as my superheroes. I always thought that, even when I was a kid.
Strangers In Public Think I'm Dating My Dad.
It’s okay, really. I just talk like this when a cute guy is around:
“Hey DAD, what do you think of this, DAD?”
“DAD, do you like your food, DAD?”
“Thanks DAD for the gift DAD, I really appreciate it, DAD.”
It’s true, sometimes we get funny looks and we have to explain that he’s my Father.
When it comes down to it, I don’t love my parents because they’re young. Even if they weren’t, they would still be the amazing people that they are. However, I do think it’s given us some advantages within our relationship. They probably wish they did things different, but I love them how they are.
(And that concludes this sappy and goofy post.)