This seems to be what I hear over and over from my 11 year old son. "Why can't you just buy fake syrup. This stuff come from trees and is gross." "Why can't you just get all the tv channels. Other kids watch whatever they want." "It's so embarrassing when the clothes are on the line. Just use the dryer." "Call john's mom and find out what the stuff she feeds me is and buy that." "Why can't we be normal? I just want to be normal!"
I'm sad that he feels he has to be the same as everyone else to fit in. He is a popular kid in that he never lacks for someone to play with (part because of his personality, part because of living in a neighborhood with lots of boys his age), is given a fair bit of freedom in regards to playing out and about without needing to check in and is allowed to stay home without supervision. I can only see this getting more difficult as he gets older and the frustration is about more than just maple syrup!
Anyone else with kids doing similar things? I sometimes think (and don't judge me on this!), "I don't want to be normal like your friend's mom if that means driving a big assed suv with two kids, thinking drinking water is bad for kids, putting out 5 barrels of trash every week and spending $50 a month on a zillion stations of tv I really don't want my kids to watch!" I don't want my kid to be "normal" if that means not being able to play football because you weigh too much at age 11, or you care more about your hair gel than playing in the woods, or you think it is stupid to hang clothes on the line when you have a dryer in the house. But I don't think that would help him.
Tell me about your kids' struggles with this! Tell me every kid is having this same conversation with his parents!