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Avoidable Contact #75: How did I get a son who doesn't love cars?
By the time you read this, my 11-year-old son will have ridden perhaps 50 miles in the new 2020 McLaren GT. I'm picking him up from school tomorrow and taking him for an early dinner so we will both be free to help my photography crew get some pictures of this utterly gorgeous quarter-million-dollar metallic-blue-with-cream-interior supercar later on in the evening. I know this car is catnip for kids because about 20 different neighborhood groms came over to my house this evening to watch the doors go up and down, ooh-and-aah at the roar of the engine, poke-and-prod at the various expensive-looking controls scattered throughout the interior, and stare open-mouthed at the way the nose can lift itself to clear the breakover angle of my driveway.
At some point every parent has to learn the harsh lesson that their child is their own person and not a miniature version of themselves. You have two choices here you can take an interest in what your kid likes and use that to grow yourself, or you can try and force your interest on your child and have them resent you and your interest.
You have a healthy child and there are many people that can not say that, so what if your child doesn't like street cars, this might shock you but for a large segment of the population cars are just transportation.
I'm not into Ball sports, hunting, fishing, or riding motorcycles yet my father wasn't so disappointed that he wrote an article and published it on an international forum.
You know what, maybe you should tell your kid you are sorry and then thank whatever deity you worship that you have a healthy child and that DCF has not taken them. Yeah, I am questioning your parenting skills.