Skip to main content

Do I pay for my teen's hair products?


Before going to the supermarket, I'll ask my daughters if they need anything for their bathroom: shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste.  The other day my oldest said, "Mom, I need mousse."

"Uh-huh," I answered and she walked off.  After she left, I thought, "Why am I buying her mousse?" 

Do I pay for the mousse?
When I was a high schooler,  my sisters and I bought our own hair spray and gel.  Heck, we had to buy our own clothes and sneakers - yes, that's right, our own sneakers.  I realize, this is extreme, but it still got me wondering whether I should buy her mousse.

Earlier in the year, I informed my oldest that if she wanted to hang out with friends, she pays.  She didn't like it at first but adjusted when she realized her friends were also paying their way.  Recently, I told her she had to buy her own junk food.  As such, she doesn't accompany me to the supermarket anymore.  I suppose those treats were an incentive.

So now, the newest is mousse.  I feel it is important to fit in at school and her hair is wild. The mousse keeps it tame but it's not a necessity.  I know the mousse is a simple thing but in perspective shouldn't she be learning to pay for her way?   And what other extras does she feel she need?

I would love to hear your opinion - and FYI, yes, my kids get a small allowance and my oldest works.

Comments

  1. Hmmm, I guess for me it's the price point that matters. If I wanted some Paul Mitchel super conditioner when I was a teenager, I had to buy it myself, but products priced reasonably were never an issue.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I was thinking along the same lines - perhaps get the cheap stuff and if she wants the nice stuff well she can use her own money.

      Delete
  2. I believe it is important to teach our children the value of things. I agree with Jeri and if your daughter wants something specific that is out of the norm of what you usually purchase then make her pay for it. Beauty can be expensive. :-)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes, beauty can be expensive. I think I'm ready to have a talk with her.

      Delete
  3. I hope you will keep in submitting new articles or blog posts & thank you for sharing your great experience among us.

    ReplyDelete
  4. I think it's good to teach kids about buying things with their own money. Afterall before long they will have to pay it for themselves. They need to learn the value of a dollar and that def helps.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That was my thought when she first brought it up - on the other hand, she doesn't have too many sources of income.

      Delete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

A Procrastination Coach? - maybe later

Nearing the end of the holiday season usually means last minute shopping, baking, and celebrating.  Then, around the corner, is the New Year.  In the back of my mind, my new year's resolutions are forming, like a de-cluttered house, a larger inventory and my very own website.

However, the end of the year should be about reflection as well and what we've accomplished.  I started a regular blog, became a youtube partner as well as being invited to a couple of youtube conglomerates, and in this last month, I opened my etsy shop.  All this from my home office with distractions like the laundry and dishes begging to be cleaned, a dog that barks when I'm on the phone and kids who think I am there to wait on them hand and foot.(And yet, they are always surprised when I don't <shaking head>)

Along my 2013 journey, I virtually met the procrastination coach.  Her blogs were insightful and useful.  I learned about why we procrastinate, how to recognize it and how it can be …

10 Tips for the new school year

A new school year is around the corner.  I've been doing the First day of school for over 10 years.  I thought I'd pass on some tips.

Go to the open houses so you can put faces to names when the kids talk about their teachers.
The Vice Principal in elementary school is usually more useful than the principal (and we've been to three different elementary schools).
If you want to know what's going on in the classroom, ask the teacher if you can sit in on the class.  If you ask nice enough, most teachers welcome it.
The difficult teachers are more likely to listen when I get my husband involved.  This one still makes me roll my eyes, but there it is.  Of course, be sure your husband is on your side.  I had a friend who husband would flip-flop and it backfired.  I suppose that's why teachers want Dads involved.  Lucky for me, my husband and I always agreed.
No matter what the school says, you are the biggest advocate for your child, you have seen them grow and know their his…

A quiet Confidence

When I was young, I liked staying home, reading books, watching T.V., exploring the neighborhood, and creating my own adventures. I have 10 brothers and sisters, most of whom would party, go shopping or just hang out with friends. I can think of three very distinct times in my early life when I was told, I should find some friends. Each time it was painful, probably because each time it came from someone close to me and they were telling me that something wrong with me and that perhaps others saw the same thing. I think this isolated me even more. In truth, I enjoyed being alone. I enjoyed exploring the neighborhood on my bike. I enjoyed getting lost in a book. I practically lived at the library. (Even today when I move to a new place, I first check out the library.) I enjoyed climbing trees, and creating adventures in the woods near the house. As an adult, I see now that I was perfectly fine. I recently watched the TED video - linked below. Some of the things Susan Cain …