Stupid Parent Move of the Week: Sticky Fingers and Bandaids
Last week, I watched my 5 year old twins fingering the cartoon character band-aid boxes while I finished some shopping at Long’s drugstore. They lingered for a long time in the band-aid section, ooo-ing and ahh-ing over the Pirates of the Carribbean TATTOO (new!) band-aids, the SpongeBob band-aids, and the Snoopy band-aids.
There was no way I was buying band-aids with characters on them since the whole band-aid issue is so out of control in our house. I told them a few times to put the band-aids back.
When my kids were two, they used to demand Dora the Explorer band-aids for emotional upset. Now, they demand them not for a viciously bleeding cut that would cause them to lose significant amounts of blood, or for the cut that would stain clothes or furniture if it bled unbandaided, but for the most minor, non-blood-producing bumps and nicks.
I’m always trying to talk them out of the need for a band-aid and talk them intobeing OK with hugs and kisses from Mom. But, when there are themedband-aids in the house, things are even worse. Then, when someone ismildly injured I get impossible demands for an unnecessary band-aid anda certain character, and even a certain version of a characterband-aid, like a certain action pose, or the dreaded two charactersposing together. There are only about 4 of each version per box. Farbe it for me to inventory these things.
When my kids are injured the stress level is high. They want that
pain-in-the ass“special” band-aid. I want to be a good mom and take care of the pain,but lately I’m more worried about producing the right band-aid. I’veeven been shouted at for producing the wrong color of the rightcharacter band-aid, granted that was in the middle of the night oncewith a very tired 2.5 year old. Don’t ask how he figured out the colorwas more yellow than orange in near darkness.
Needless to say, I usually fall short on at least one of the band-aid demands and everyone, including me gets upset.
I am sorry that in a former life as a marketing professional forP&G packaged goods, I used to think branding children’s productswas a great idea. I apologize to all the mothers out there for myhorrid contribution to this problem in the late 1980s.Continued on the next page