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On Mother’s Day, my daughter’s cousin was wearing silly bandz. Apparently, these little bracelets are all the rage with our youth. I didn’t really know anything about it, but when Natalie saw them she went WILD.

“Those are silly bandz! Everyone has them. Mommy can you get me some?”

I thought it was interesting that Natalie already knew about something like this, but paid it no mind. Then my cousin Erica walked in with an armful and Natalie exploded again. Erica is a High School teacher and her students gave her a few over this past year. Immediately, I felt like I was doing Natalie an injustice and NEEDED to know where to get them.

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(making my surprise Mother’s Day present with Bill)

Then I stopped. It has begun. The thing I said I never wanted to be. The parent that wants to keep her child happy by making sure she has what her group of friends have. The one thing I HATE MOST about moms of older children… has officially consumed me. I’ve been taken… and I thought I was so strong.

A few months ago I overheard two moms talking about how they HAD to buy their daughters UGGS for Christmas because they were begging for them. Mind you – the children they were talking about were 6!!! In my head, I was being smug and condescending.  Passing judgments and all that… yet here I am. Guilty as charged. Silly Bandz have ruined me. And you know no matter how hard I am going to try to resist it, I’m going to find those darn plastic bracelets and succumb to the pressures of parenting. Will it make me a better mom? Absolutely NOT. But will it make me feel good to know that Natalie is happy? You better believe it. {hangs head low with shame}

How do you deal with this sort of pressure? Do you cave? Or do you try to intentionally avoid these purchases?

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