One thing I have learned during this adventure called motherhood…kids are more fickle than a Hollywood celebrity. What they can not absolutely live without one day – is chopped liver the next. And when something is on the “it” list, it isn’t just “it”, it is absolutely everything! It is all they talk about, play with, sleep with, and everything in between.
Trying to stay on top of our children’s latest craze is almost as challenging as keeping track of who is dating who on the celebrity track. And MUCH more expensive. And like fashion, will the obsessions become retro? Will what’s old become new again? If I hang on to my son’s discarded Nemo fish collection – will he want it back in a few years? I’m thinking no on that one.
Take for example, just when I was becoming well versed in all things “Cars” (and more money invested in cars, backpacks, underwear, sleeping bags and Halloween costumes than I care to count), our youngest switched over to Spiderman faster than you can say “Kechow!” And all of a sudden, poor Lightening McQueen and his cronies were yesterday’s news at the bottom of the toy box. The Spiderman craze didn’t last too long either– before we could purchase the entire collection of webbed paraphernalia – Nicholas was off to save the planet from the evil Megatron on behalf of his new Transformer buddies.
And Thomas the Train. This is one that I just don’t get. Cartoon trains that don’t really do anything but chug along the island of Sodor? Our six year old was obsessed beyond obsession. When he would see a train – he would absolutely go berserk. I can only liken it to a toddler version of an Elvis sighting. Now that he is older, the obsession has faded and he has joined forces with our four year old and has entered the world of Autobots. (Mom tip: When purchasing transformers, do NOT throw away the pictures and make sure you have someone with an engineering degree handy at all times).
And our oldest girl went from collecting Littlest Pet Shops and all of their millions of minuscule accessories (that we are still finding in obscure places throughout our house) to now being obsessed with shopping and clothes. At LAST – a language I can speak (very well I might add). But an obsession nonetheless. Shane is praying that the boy obsession holds out for a VERY long time (two decades would be preferable).
I’ve now learned to follow their “trends” during our evening mealtime prayer. Before dinner, each child goes around the table and says what they are thankful for, “Dear God, I am thankful for helicopters, refrigerators and eyebrows – oh and Optimus Prime, please help him find the Allspark. Amen.” That one is verbatim from our six year old. Sometimes Shane and I are lucky enough to make the cut…but usually their latest obsession makes the list over good old mom and dad. Although, Optimus does have superpowers and helped save the earth from Deceptacons, so I guess it was pretty smart to pray for his well being in case we have another attack. However, when our daughter goes from being thankful for her daddy to some boy named Derrick, well, that is going to be one interesting day.
Marnie Fernandez is an official kid wrangler of four and a professional laundress. When not chasing kids, she runs her PR company, SixPR, as well as blogs and writes for various publications about her misadventures in motherhood taking care of a blended family of six.