This post is going to be me picking specifically on Instagram and the #KidsofInstagram because currently it is my social media platform of choice. If you aren't familiar with Instagram (IG for short), you will still probably relate to this post- so don't worry.
Ok, so maybe HATE was a little strong. I mean, my kids are on IG a heck of a lot, and of course I don't hate them. Well, sometimes... Ok, so I don't really hate any of the kids that have become the rolling feed of my Instagram... It's just well, I hate that they look so amazingly perfect every flipping day- in every aspect from their face to their clothes to even their bedrooms.
I'm serious. These kids are dressed to the nines like everyday. Every. Day. There's a photo shoot with them everyday. No judgment on the photo shoot or the parenting or anything like that... I can assure you I do some pretty weird child rearing myself during Party Week. It's just that seriously, what kid puts up with this stuff? I can hardly get my kids to sit still with shoes on, let alone actually look at the camera without them trying to rip it out of my hands. Even if my kids are dressed as cute as I can manage on my monthly kid's clothing budget of (Ha! That was good!) there's usually a stain involved or a blue tongue sticking out. But not for the #KidStyle, #ToddlerFashion, #FashionKids of IG. There's never a stain. Never a bad hair day. Never a refusal to give that perfect #ModelKid pout.
Look, I had all sorts of ideas on how I was going to dress my kids before I had them, just like I had ideas on how I was going to dress myself as a young cute mom. If Pinterest existed before I'd had kids I would have totally had boards titled, "Future Littles" filled with pictures of babies in scarves and toddlers in head wrap turbans... That crap was totes on my radar. But then I had kids and became a mom and life and poop and spit-up- it all happened and I had to tone it down on the baby fashion and just hope I had an extra onesie somewhere. I figured I could wait for everyday fashionable kids until toddlerhood but somehow bow ties and button-up shirts just didn't pan out for a kid who just wanted to dig in the dirt making mud pies all day. And let me tell you, skinny jeans are terrible for potty training.
I used to have ideas that my kids would NEVER wear licensed character items. I mean, that was my worst nightmare. Now I get as excited about Lego Movie tees as I do about a good V neck for myself. Oh dear, I just admitted to liking both of those things, practically out loud. WHO AM I?
With every IG photo of the adorably dressed, very hygienic looking kid a little piece of the old fashion design obsessed-me dies. I mean, here I majored in FD and I can't for the life of me get motivated to get my 2 year old in to anything other than leggings... Target brand leggings. Sometimes anything more than underwear is an accomplishment, clean underwear.
But am I admiring those carefully planned-out IG #KidStyle posts? Well heck yes I am, "like" after sweet "like". Because I do- I actually love that somehow these moms (and dads) managed to get their 20 month old in to a sailor outfit complete with heart shaped sunglasses and a head wrap. I'd be crazy not to eat that shit up.
Not that I've ever dressed my kids "high end" because my version of high end is the Gymboree sale rack. However even our version of high end I've learned to save for two big holidays: Easter and Christmas. I figure my kids can handle Momarazzi twice a year begging them to smile and keep their shoes on. We just did Easter and I'm exhausted.
|My favorite little girl to follow, Harlow- from The Daddy Fashion Stylist|
The IG kids clothing brands crack me up too. Parents seriously wait around on their phones for this stuff to "go live". I mean, heck- I'm all about supporting small business but people really spend $38 on a toddler's tee shirt- like regularly! And that's on the VERY low end! I'm hard pressed to spend $8 on a tee for a 2 year old! Not that I don't love a lot of the kid's clothing designs on IG, it's just weird to me that parents care that much about their kids everyday PLAY clothing! AND I LOVE CLOTHES! I'm not like some weird cheap hand-me-down mom- I actually love shopping! But caring about custom printed aztec leggings that cost $42 that will be grown out of in 3 months- it just seems straight crazy to me! Target sells aztec leggings. In multiple colors.
For a while, before I started following a ton of them, I kind of got the idea of the whole IG kids clothing brands thing. Because here I was thinking that sure you might be spending big money but at least your kid is wearing totally different stuff than every other kid... NOT true. My entire feed is IG kids all wearing the same $88 yellow polka dot bikini, Saltwater sandals and please don't forget the head wrap, the ever important head wrap. Kids really keep those things on their head? I'm in awe of this. I can't even keep a good old fashioned real rubber band in my daughter's hair, let alone a big piece of fabric.
|Baby Hair Scarf. You know you want one.|
And that is all.
I feel better now.
Off to spray stain remover on our poop-stained Target leggings.
xo Party or Die xo