Why I Don't Want To Buy My Preschooler Light-Up Sneakers

light-up sneakers

“Mommy?” The Shnook held my hand as we left his preschool and walked to our car. “You know those shoes…with the lights on them?”

Oh boy. I didn’t even need him to continue. I knew he wanted them. It was kinda heartbreaking, just the way he brought it up.

“You like them?” I asked.


Herein lies one of those parenting moments. Do I just give in and get them for him?

I really really really really really do not want to do that.

“Why?” you ask.  “What’s the big deal? They’re just shoes.”

Yes, they are. But there’s a bigger picture here and I just…well…I just really don’t like them. That might sound selfish.
I’m aware that there are/will be lots of things my child will like that I won’t like (I’m glad I dodged one of them, at least for now) but with all the things I dislike about these shoes, would it be prudent for me to suck it up and just get them anyway?
Again, why the big deal, Naomi? I’ll tell you. Here are 6  reasons why I do not want to get my preschooler these (stupid) shoes.

  • They’re ugly. 1 of 6
    They're ugly.
    I don't care if these are Pumas. Rocketships? My apologies if you like them.
    They're available at Zappos for $55.00
  • They’re distracting. 2 of 6
    They're distracting.
    It's hard enough for a preschooler to pay attention, they don't need flashing lights added to the mix. His teacher will thank me.
    Photo Credit: Flickr
  • They’re obnoxious. 3 of 6
    They're obnoxious.
    I'm sorry, but they are. I know toddlers and preschoolers like loud colors and clothing, big lights and sounds, but I personally think it's unnecessary in the shoe department.
    Photo Credit: Flickr
  • Getting them would perpetuate consumerism. 4 of 6
    Getting them would perpetuate consumerism.
    You like something, you want it, you get it, you're happy...until the next thing comes along. Is that what I want to teach my child?
    Photo Credit: Flickr
  • They’re not environmentally friendly. 5 of 6
    They're not environmentally friendly.
    They have batteries. Need I say more? Ok, I will. The lights have trace amounts of mercury,too.
    Photo Credit: Flickr
  • Caving to peer pressure 6 of 6
    Caving to peer pressure
    I don't want him to feel like he has to look like everyone else. I know, he's only 3 1/2, but these thoughts go through my mind.
    Photo Credit: Flickr

Again, you might think I’m lame, and I’m not saying that I’ve decided I will not buy them, just that I don’t really want to do so. Now if Grandma buys them…

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