Mother-daughter manicures have become a common bonding ritual. Whether mothers are taking their five year old or 15 year old daughters to the nail salon, many women view the experience as a nice, relaxing way of spending time together. We live in a privileged culture where our children can be exposed to such luxuries. I know that growing up as a little girl getting a manicure with my Mom was not within my realm of reality.
Well, recently, by complete happenstance, I ended up taking my seven year old daughter, Hannah, for her first manicure. We were having one of our special lunch excursions to Potbelly’s, Hannah’s favorite spot. As we enjoyed our “ritual” grilled cheese, smoothie and adorable conversation, I looked down at my rather unkempt fingernails and said out loud “Wow, mommy needs her nails done.” As quick as a blink, Hannah quickly replied “Mommy, can we go now and get a panicure?” Unable to resist such an endearing request for a “panicure,” we soon found ourselves at our local Avenue Nail Spa.
We all know that getting a manicure or pedicure can radically improve our mood. When life feels chaotic, you can look down at your newly done nails and feel as though one little part of you is put together. But, is it okay to expose our children to such luxuries? What message are we sending our daughters about materialism and what it means to be beautiful? Do we have to buy our children’s time by taking them for such treats? Are we spoiling them too young so they don’t enjoy such luxuries as they get older? Please let us know your thoughts!
Posted by Rowena Abrahams of She She Shoppers