I know this is not a new topic, and I have written about it on my personal blog in the past. But, what is with boys wearing their pants down around their butts?
I swore I would never be like my parents when I became a mom, but I just can’t help it — what is this so-called fashion?
I know, my mom didn’t like the “Madonna phase” we went through, or the mullet my brother had to have, or even some of our friends (not me or my siblings) who wore one glove following the Michael Jackson look. My mom would comment to us about our fashions and we thought she just didn’t get it.
But now, as a mom, I really DON’T get it. How can wearing your pants falling down be comfortable or even look attractive?
A year or so ago I was sitting in a parking lot in my car having lunch when a group of teenagers walked past my window. The boys had their pants hanging low. As they were next to my car one of the boys slightly slipped off the curb and his pants went down around his ankles. He couldn’t grab them up quickly because he had his hands full. It was the funniest thing ever. Even though the girl with him immediately jumped down to helped him pull his pants up, I still couldn’t help but laugh out loud.
My son doesn’t wear his pants low like that, but I still think he could pull them up a bit. I’m not sure why he can’t just keep them up high enough to cover ALL his boxers. Maybe it’s because he won’t wear the belts I bought him; instead he wears a shoelace.
YES, that is right, apparently some boys prefer to wear a shoelace for a belt — another thing I just don’t understand.
I’ve decided to stop trying to figure it out. My mom used to get so frustrated at my brother’s mullet. “He’s such a good looking kid, why does he insist on wearing his hair like that?” Then one day she just stopped complaining about it, and I over-heard her telling my aunt something that stuck with me to this day.
She said, “It’s only hair.”
It’s true, I wish kids didn’t wear their pants around their butts, and I would love to see my son wear his belt instead of a shoelace but really, what harm is it doing me? I have come to realize that this is the time these kids are finding themselves. They are at a transition, trying to develop their own style. It is better for me to choose my battles wisely, not worry about the things that don’t really matter and don’t hurt others, but instead take lots of pictures to laugh with him at later.