Have you ever had one of those Mom moments when you realize you are the only one not conforming to some societal norm? And it’s not that you are taking a stand either. It’s just one of those things that you never really think about until it happens…
Say you take your kid to play at the mall because he (or she) is driving you crazy and you have to get out of the house to at least pretend to chat with some friends. And say when you see that he is having a hard time maneuvering the slippery mall play equipment in his socks you say, Hey buddy! Let’s take off your socks. That will make it easier! (quietly patting yourself on the back for your innovative problem solving) And then say maybe some other kids want to take their socks off too and their moms say no and then you realize your kid is the only one playing barefoot. (Hypothetically speaking)
You might think, oh is there a rule about wearing socks? You look around and realize there is no rule on paper, but that it’s generally regarded as gross to let your kid play barefoot in the mall. Your friends’ kids have socks on and you like your friends so you wonder if it’s just you that thinks it’s ok to let your child play barefoot in the mall.
And then you come home with this knowledge and your husband confirms with a disgusted look on his face and the realization that HIS child played barefoot in the mall. And it hits you that you are indeed the gross mom that let her kid play barefoot in the mall.
No? Just me then?
But here is my real question, if it’s gross to be barefoot, how is it any different to be on that same equipment with bare hands? You can’t play without touching it with your hands either, so should our kids also be wearing gloves? Face masks? What about during the summer? Do you bring socks? I kid….mostly.
And don’t worry, we washed Oscar’s feet extra good that night. I mean….we would have. If it had happened.
My solution? I’m gonna get some of those socks with the grippers on the bottom and concede defeat on this one.
Yeah, that just happened.
I just have to know, is there ANYONE out there who lets their kid play barefoot?