Ok, I’ll admit it – probably half the money I spend on my “kids” is actually for me.
Maybe it’s a way of reliving my childhood, or maybe it’s my way of living through them. Whatever the reason, my two boys probably don’t even care about half the things that I buy for them – but I sure as heck do.
I don’t think I’m alone though in my spending, and I think the problem is only going to get worse (I have a baby daughter on the way). To date though, here are some of the things I admit to buying for my kids which are actually just as much for me.
1. Kids’ movies.
I’m a sucker when it comes to kids’ movies, especially when I see them on sale. Not only do I want my kids to experience the same movies I saw when I was younger, but I want to see the incredible animation and special effects which are common place in kids’ movies these days.
A quick poll of parents will show that often, we enjoy the movies just as much as our offspring do - so yeah, when I purchase children’s DVDs it’s often because I want to watch them too. The kids are just a convenient excuse.
2. Craft supplies.
I’ll say it, I’m a craft tragic. I remember when I was little that my mum was always reluctant to let me loose with a tub of glitter and a glue stick even though this was (and still is) my idea of rainy afternoon heaven. I don’t blame the woman, I’ve seen the mess that kids can create.
Now that I’ve got my own kids though I find myself wandering the craft aisles coming up with amazing craft ideas, all of which are actually just for me- the kids can join in if they like. In fact, I actively encourage my kids to watch Mister Maker and hope they express an interest in some craft activities to get my creative (mess loving) self-involved in.