I had it all planned – the beautiful gold link bracelet that my daughter would wear from birth. It was classic, elegant, ageless and beautiful – then bam – a boy! and then another boy!!!
I love, love, love seeing children wearing jewellery and for some reason both of my sons don’t want to know about it. It’s heartbreaking – I knew that with having boys, it would always be an uphill battle, but it’s worse than I had feared!
Just a small chain or some wristwear is all I’m asking, I’m not expecting them to adorn themselves with cocktail rings and chandelier earrings. They both have beautiful dog-tag style chain necklaces they were given for their christenings. They wear them occasionally for “special events” but quickly take off at the first opportunity, after much begging to wear it in the first place.
Children seem to be either ‘yes’ or ‘no’ when it comes to jewellery – so what is the secret of persuading them to want to wear it, and more importantly, keep it on?
I have tried to ‘role model’ wearing jewellery but it has all been to no avail. Begging and bribing haven’t worked either! There is the saying ‘start them young’ and I’ve often seen babies wearing amber teething beads around their necks, but is that the trick – to put a chain and bracelet on them at birth – when they’re too young to say “take it off now”?
And it’s not just my sons – very few of the children I know consistently wear jewellery and it seems that it is because they just don’t want to! I do not understand.
Luckily for me, my goddaughter seems to be an exception. She gives me hope and it warms my heart every time I see her wearing her custom made necklace.
I won’t give up though, my boys will wear jewellery one day – even if it means holding them down and soldering it on!
Until next time!