I have issues with children...
I know.. it's odd. But let me explain.
I wasn't super comfortable around little kids ever. And yes, I know I was a teacher. But I taught ten and twelve year olds.
Then I taught that disastrous last year.
I haven't been the same since. The thought of having children terrifies me so much that I can't attend baby showers. 30 women chatting about babies, exchanging horror stories and kernels of wisdom. It freaks me out.
I also have issues with large groups of children. And I'm not entirely comfortable with being responsible for them either (I had a meltdown over being a mentor to a teen at church. it wasn't my finest hour), though I have been known to watch my friend's daughter with the Spousal Equivalent in tow. When my BFF's daughter turned one, I managed about a half hour of the party. Why? The kids were at a playground and not hanging around us.
Now my BFF has another daughter. I'm going to go see them. I may not stay long. I may not hold the baby. But most of all, I'm going to get over myself, damnit!
Sometimes I wonder if teaching didn't cause some sort of PTSD.....