They will never trust him if he’s 10-plus years your senior, no matter what he does to gain their approval along the way.
It will happen a whole lot earlier for him than it will for you, so you’ll get jealous of his increased free time while he’ll start demanding more of your attention to fill up his long, empty hours, even though you’re still an occupied professional.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve preferred older men.
So as I experience this journey, which so far seems to be going swimmingly, here are some tips I’d like to pass down for anyone who might be gearing up for the friend-dad role.1. Expressing enthusiasm for the kiddo’s hobbies will enlighten you.
Make sure you provide the new teenager with as much space as he needs. Kids are some of the greatest bull shit detectors there are! Often, as adults, we think we cannot learn from children.
That sounds dramatic; don’t forget how it actually looks…