Over the years I have been know to participate in many a fad. Slap bracelets, mood rings, super scrunchy socks, and rolled jeans, to name just a few. As a kid, they were simply the things to do. As in, all the cool kids were doing it, so you bet your hiney I was going to be doing it as well.
To this day, I still miss scrunchy socks. A lot.
But as a parent, I have a different perspective on it. At this point in my life, childhood fads are mostly just ridiculous fashion choices or annoying wastes of money. Yes, I realize that I’m starting to sound like my Grandfather. Now get off my lawn!
But seriously, I look at the things that kids these days are into, and I find myself fervently hoping that my kids don’t pick up on them. Luckily I only have boys, so there are a ton of fads and trends that I don’t even have to worry about. Can you say hair feathers, anyone?
Find out my top ten offenders after the jump.
Heelys 1 of 10Heelys, the footwear that masquerades as a shoe but is really a shoe/roller skate blend. While I am sure they are fun (!) and convenient (!), it seems to me that they are more like a ticket to the Emergency Room. And since when is walking such a horrible thing?
Saggy Pants 2 of 10This is one trend that I just do not get. At all. I can't understand why anyone would think this is cool. Head up guys, we don't want to see your nasty undies. It doesn't look good, your mother is cringing, and it DOES make you look like a hobo. Buy some pants and a belt that fits. Please.
Photo credit: Victoria Peckham, via Flickr
Mask Sweatshirt 3 of 10Okay, okay. I know this is going to ruffle a few feathers. And to be honest, I don't necessarily hate these sweatshirts, I just don't really like them. And coupled with the fact that they cost a small fortune, I really, really hope my kids never ask for one. But I'm sure they will at some point, because pretty much all of their friends have one.
Silly Bandz 4 of 10They're colored rubber bands that will get lost in the cushions of my couch, stuck in the roller of my vacuum, or ingested by my 1 year old. What's not to love?
Photo credit: Steven de Polo via Flickr
Bakugan 5 of 10We have had two of these little buggers and I'm pretty sure they lasted about 37 seconds. One broke immediately and the other one was so hard to figure out my son gave up and moved on to something else. I'm hoping that they don't show up again anytime soon.
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Bieber Hair 6 of 10Need I say more?
Okay, fine. It seems like a ton of work to me. I'd have to wake my kids up 10 minutes earlier than normal every morning so that we could perfect it. Also, I'm not a huge fan of overly styled boys haircuts. There. I said it.
Photo credit: S Eckert via Flickr
The Flat Brim Hat 7 of 10My opposition to this fashion trend can probably be attributed to the fact that we are a baseball loving family. So I'm therefore required to be a fan of the traditionally shaped brim. And if you ask my husband, he would add that baseball hats should never be worn sideways.
Photo Credit Paul Kehrer via Flickr
Pokemon 8 of 10The fact that Pokemon isn't already a trend in our household is a small miracle. My oldest son is Nintendo obsessed and I'm not sure how we've managed to escape the Pokemon craze. But, mind you, I'm not upset about it. I can only imagine the number of arguments, and amount drama, that would arise from Pokemon trading card festivities. I'm also pretty sure I've heard just about as much video game based talk as I can handle, and if I have to hear the ins and outs of the Pokemon world, I might just lose my mind.
Squinkies 9 of 10Admittedly, Squinkies are pretty darn adorable. But the thought of having to keep track of a billion tiny plastic toys sounds like a nightmare. Also, I'm sure my kids would grow attached to some of them, and the devastation when one inevitably gets flushed down the toilet or eaten by the dog just doesn't sound like fun.
Boys wearing skinny jeans 10 of 10Now before you get all huffy and yell at me about not having any fashion sense (which is kind of true), I will fully admit that this is a personal preference and I realize that many of you love this look. I just...don't. It's as simple as that. I needed to find black jeans for my son's Halloween costume and I could only find black skinny jeans. Thankfully I wrangled a pair from a friend, because I simply couldn't bring myself to buy them. Luckily, my kids still have no interest in high fashion, or I'd be in trouble.
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Do you agree? Disagree? What would you add to the list?