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Say you are invited to a play date and your kids are much cooler than their playmate counterparts. How do you smoothly bridge the awesomeness gap?
Hey Phil, the one and only thing I have learned about little kids (under 6) is that they truly have no concept of what’s cool and what’s not. They live so freely because they just don’t give a damn about what you, their peers, or anyone else thinks about their actions. I’m so jealous of them. What’s that all about? Imagine being able to go into your closet, and put on a baseball hat, tutu, jeans and a football jersey, some pearls and walking out your room and not thinking anything about it. Would be amazing.
That said, are you sure you’re kids are truly cooler than your friends kids? What makes a kid cool? Is it how they nonchalantly don’t care about anything? LIke Luke Perry probably was when he was 5?
Actually, do you really want a cool kid? I know I don’t. I want a weird little weirdo who throws spiderwebs at me. And then I want to pretend that I’m stuck and can’t move. That’s what I want.
Anyway, about bridging the cool gap. First, bring Gap sweaters for both kids to wear. This acknowleges that there is in fact a gap, but it levels the playing feild. Next, when your friends kid starts to do something uncool, offer him or her a popsicle. Those always seem to cool off any kid. You could also suggest meeting at a watering hole, that cools off even the least cool grownups. Ice skating also is a cooler activity you could participate in.
So Phil, I hope I’ve helped you. Keep me posted as to how it goes.