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Jul 29, 2011

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I’m an average parent with high hopes of the difference I can make in my daughter’s life. I hope that I can be a good role model in all of what I do. I recognize that I may not always be perfect and I let her know that I don’t want her to be perfect because there is no such thing. We also, as a family, engaged in lengthy discussions and she’s part of those discussions, not just a bystander. So, one day, she says to me, “Mom, why don’t you have a hat or sunglasses?”

This is What Happens When You Have a Big Head

Well, what do I tell her but the honest truth. I reply, “I actually had sunglasses but I don’t know where I put them (truth) and mommy’s head is really big so I’m having a hard time finding a hat that will fit my head. (truth)” She nods and comforts me, telling me that one day we’ll find a hat that will fit my big head and find me a new pair of sunglasses.
Fast forward to a week back and we’re out and about in the city and we pass by a hat store. It is stifling hot and I’m cooking under the sun while the rest of the family is decked out in shades and hats. I decide to go in and politely say to the shop owner, “I need a hat that will fit this big head of mine. Do you have any?” The shop owner is a wonderful gentleman and he smiles and points to the fedora, a cream coloured fedora with a black band and I’m thinking there is NO way I can sport that without looking like a complete clown. Yet, there’s my kid happy as a lark because her teacher has the exact same hat and she’s thrilled at the possibility that mommy and her teacher will be sporting the same style hat.
I decide to try the fedora on and would you believe it, the hat actually fit my head and it looked good! I had no idea that I could wear a fedora and NOT laugh at myself in the mirror. This is the same person who usually laughs at herself for every winter hat she’s worn because they fit too small on her head. I read the label carefully and find the magic letters: L/XL. AH…you see, confirmation that my big head has finally found recognition in a big hat made for big headed people like me. I buy it, my kid is happy as a lark but more importantly, my face and head feel cool…ahhhhhhhhhhh. I haven’t felt that good and cool in the summer in ages! Man, that was an amazing feeling.

A Solution When You Least Expect it

Fast forward yet again and I go into a pharmacy near my workplace and I spot the word “Armani” on a sunglasses display and my first thought was, “Why is the pharmacy selling such high end sunglasses?” I decide to go over to take a gander and then realized that the other side of the sunglasses display features sunglasses by Mac & Jac. I take a peek and am amazed that the prices for the Mac & Jac sunglasses aren’t insanely high. Not only that, they identify that they have 100% UVA and UVB protection. This has been the main reason why I haven’t had sunglasses since the last pair I lost. I refuse to pay a lot of money for them because I know I’ll eventually lose them, I need them to fit my big head, and on top of it all, I want both UVA and UVB protection otherwise, what’s the point?
The Mac & Jac sunglasses are looking pretty promising especially when I start putting them on and a few actually fit my head without making me look like a clown. One pair in particular seems to be a really good fit but I can’t tell if they’re the best match for my face so I go get a second opinion from one of the lovely gals that work in cosmetics. Without knowing which one was most comfortable for me, she also picks the one I was leaning towards. End result: I now have Mac & Jac sunglasses with 100% UVA and UVB protection for the summer that also go with my big fedora.

So, What’s The Point of this Blog?

Now, you may be thinking, why would I even bother to blog about this? Well, one thing that our family does is spend a lot of time together and a lot of that is done outdoors. My daughter has finally noticed that I’m the only one in the family that does not have a hat or sunglasses. If I preach the whole ‘be a good role model’ then I’m not exactly following through as I roam around on our discovery walks with barely any sun protection (minus the sunscreen that I put on).
Being a good role model is paramount to being a good parent. We can’t ask our children to eat healthy if we don’t. We can’t ask our children to put on sunscreen if we don’t. Eventually, they notice the loophole and will comfort you about it.  In these 2 instances, it was important for my daughter to have her observation validated. She’s right, I didn’t have sunglasses and a sunhat. So, I took action, found a hat with her and found sunglasses. Both purchases were also affordable (we also talk about money and cost whenever I make purchases so she learns how to make wise financial decisions).
You see, that’s the whole reason I gave that long winded story. It’s important for my daughter to see how I problem solve and find solutions, even for the basic everyday things in life so that she vicariously learns how to be flexible. And you know what? I think it’s paying off. On more than one occasion, she’s told me during our daily conversations, “Mommy, I want that thing (insert name of toy, treat, etc.) but I don’t really need it.”
That’s pretty awesome, huh?

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