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    A type 6 being afraid of something isn't exactly newsworthy. My take on the issue of children is more rational than that.

    There is a fine line between respect and disrespect. Most children will automatically respect you, out of fear of adults or some other reason. So the respect or fear already exists on the other side of the fence, only you may not see it immediately. But the fine line is very easily shattered, especially these days when children are aware of how much of a legal hold they have over adults. In other words, they can do things to you that you can't do to them, and they are very aware of this.

    So my method of dealing with children is to be an adult who requires their respect, and I communicate this tacitly via a certain attitude. And my attitude is either one of indifference to their presence or a subtle kind of "don't fuck with me."

    This is something I had to learn. When you're entering adulthood your relationship with the whole childhood thing has to change. At first (late teens) I thought I could still be friends with children, but I eventually realized my mistake.

    As for my take on whether or not to say "hi" to children on the street, given your example I would simply say "hi" back or maybe a quick "Hi, how are you?" and keep walking. I might also smile and nod. In other words, I'm not going to be an ass and ignore the child, but I'm also not going to pretend to be their buddy. Nor am I going to be the one to initially say "hi."
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    Quote Originally Posted by FDG View Post
    It didn't
    yeah, no.
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    I don't do anything with others' kids unless they engage with me. Usually they just want a reaction or need attention that their parents aren't giving them. It's fun to make bizarre faces at them to let them know that adulthood doesn't have to be humdrum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lady_X View Post
    yeah, no.
    It hasn't been till the last couple of years that I started liking them though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Great One View Post
    This might sound silly, but I am absolutely petrified of children.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DiscoBiscuit View Post
    It hasn't been till the last couple of years that I started liking them though.
    Do you have children?

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    This thread title makes me laugh.

    I'm not afraid of children, but I don't think I'm especially good with them. I think I'd make a good youth counselor; I take kids' opinions seriously when others won't and generally treat them like human beings. Not particularly good at being silly and playing, though.

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    I've not only felt this way, but I've really been accused of doing things to kids for no reason in particular. Maybe just the fact that I act weird.

    Quote Originally Posted by FDG View Post
    Jesus christ american society is fucked up.
    Is it different in your society ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rail Tracer View Post
    Do you have children?
    No.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hazelstein View Post
    Is it different in your society ?
    At the very least, I don't know any adult male who would be afraid of kids because he may be perceived as a child molester.
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