This is a bit off topic for me, but I felt the need to write about it. As I was dropping our four year old off to Pre K today we were waiting in the lobby to be let in. A few parents were talking about the valentine’s bags their kids received and complaining about some of the character on the cards. I over heard the one mother say “I can’t believe some parents let their kids pick out Elmo and Mickey Mouse Valentines cards. Those are for babies!”
Really? Since when can’t four year olds like Mickey Mouse or Elmo? Since when do other parents care what Valentines other kids picked? Our son picked Thomas and Friends on his own and I was fine with it! He was so excited to sit down Valentines night and read through all of the cards he received and was excited to see Paw Patrol, Blaze, Mickey, Elmo and even the girls ones like princesses and shopkins. We wonder why kids act the way they do today but it’s conversations like these ones that make kids feel it’s okay to pick on other kids for liking Mickey and Elmo.
In today’s society parents are so focused on what other people are going think of them if their kid likes or doesn’t certain things. Instead of letting the kids decide what they like or don’t like, we have a society of Pinterest parents competing in how they can make the best Valentines for their kids class!
What happened to letting them be little? Letting them like Mickey, Elmo, Thomas and Blaze?