When I started this blog, I wanted to explain why I loved skateboarding so much.
The truth is, I loved it because it was fun and it was safe.
I thought, why wouldn’t kids like skateboarding?
But I’ve seen it over and over again.
I’ve even been accused of being an elitist because of the way my skateboarding posts have been edited to make me seem like the bad guy.
The problem is, if you look at my comments sections, I’ve been accused as elitists and anti-capitalist.
I’m sure I’m not alone in this.
In the wake of the Newtown massacre, parents of children killed in the shooting started posting about how it was “wrong” for parents to be involved in their kids’ sport.
It’s not that I’m anti-social.
I like to be around kids.
It’s just that my kids, in particular, seem to be in the minority of parents who are actively engaging in skateboarding, which is a popular activity for teenagers and young adults in many countries around the world.
Because it’s safe?
As parents, we’re supposed to take our kids’ safety seriously.
I also know that it’s not safe for our kids to be out and about at the beach, even if it’s the beach they’re playing on.
We’re supposed not to go out and do drugs.
We shouldn’t go to bars, even though there’s a risk of getting robbed, especially if you’re black.
We shouldn’t be out in the woods or the woods alone, even with kids.
But, in skateboard parlance, I’m allowed to be on my own.
My point is, parents shouldn’t have to be a part of this because I can take them on a skateboard tour, because I’m an expert, because it’s cool.
The other problem is that there are a lot of parents out there who have their kids and their parents out skating, who don’t want to be the ones in charge.
The parents who get all the hype.
Parents who have to have the “right” conversation with their kids about why they should be on a roller coaster, why it’s important to skateboard, and why they shouldn’t go out in public at night, and on weekends, and when it’s raining.
And they want to make sure their kids are safe and that they know what’s up.
That’s what I do.
That sounds a little harsh, doesn’t it?
But it’s my job, and that’s what my job is.
I’ve done it my whole life.
I love it.
I enjoy it.
But there’s also a downside to being a skateboarding mom.
Because skateboarding is a social activity, it’s also often a time when people get a lot caught up in other stuff.
They’re also exposed to a lot more noise than in a typical playground, so they’re more likely to get sick and lose their temper, or get hit by cars or jump from buildings.
There’s also the issue of what parents should be doing to protect their kids from predators, who may not be aware that skateboarding has its own rules and rules.
So, while I don’t necessarily agree with every parent who takes on the role of protecting their kids, I know that I enjoy being part of the conversation.
I appreciate that people are taking a stand, and I hope they continue to do so, because we’re all human and there’s no right or wrong way to be.
I hope I’m helping to raise awareness about skateboarding and about the positive role it can play in society.