I’m guilty of pushing many things on my kids. As you’ve read in the past, I enjoy musicals and have pushed some of my favorites on Mason (HSM3 and Newsies). I often try to get Mason to wear the outfit I want her to wear rather than her picking a dress for the 8th day in a row. And I convince them that some toys are cooler than others just because I don’t want to deal with the aftermath of a loud toy or one with lots of small pieces.
This was the case last weekend. On our way home from Charlottesville, we stopped at Target in Gainesville. We do this almost every trip home from C’ville just to break up the drive a bit. This time, we offered to get the kids a toy each for the rest of the drive. (Yes, it was not a holiday, and they were going to get a new toy.) The first aisle we went down had Star Wars stuff. Mason was excited until she realized it was all Clone Wars, and she didn’t see anyone she really recognized. Next came some Thomas trains. We tried to get Cooper excited about the small ones, but he only was interested in the huge track set with the train depot or something. Jeremy found a Buzz Lightyear that Mason got into, and into the shopping cart it went. But I was looking for the Barbie aisle. I’d been saying I would get her one for her birthday, but I thought this might be a good time as well since she’d been great all weekend. Of course, in the Barbie aisle are also all the Disney princess dolls and HSM dolls. Tough decisions for little Miss Mason. In the end she decided on an HSM microphone that plays 2 songs from HSM3 that you can sing along too. You can also just use it as a microphone (with a speaker) without the songs. I must admit that it is pretty cool. (Ok, I thought it was cool until she played one of the songs about 10 times in a row!)
It was a lot harder for Cooper. What small toy can you get a boy to keep him occupied in the car? He was not into figurines. We really didn’t want another noise making toy since the microphone was going to fit that bill pretty well. As we were contemplating HSM merchandise, Cooper found what he wanted all on his own. Despite our attempts to get his attention diverted to something (anything) else, his hand-picked toy came home with us. The next day he did not let this toy out of is sight!