Joan's magic map.
This is the summer of Harry Potter in our household. Both girls are on the sixth book, The Half Blood Prince. It's not just reading, though there's plenty of that. There's also writing their own books on the theme: The list of spells, The magic maps, a class syllabus for Hogwarts.
They play "hogwarts" for hours. To be honest, I don't even know what all is going on with this theme, but it's keeping them happy and productive and creative for hours on end.
Last summer it was all about Littlest Pet Shops. They made elaborate "set-ups" and played with those tiny, bobble-headed animals with bulging eyes for weeks.
This summer it's silly bandz.
Two years ago they did the Crocs thing.
I'm not sure wearing leggings under skirts qualifies as a kid's fashion trend. Ugg-style boots with jeans tucked in certainly does.
For some it might be collecting Pokemon cards, or phases where Lego's occupy every horizontal surface.
How fun would it be to look back at collection of the trappings that marked the stages of your upbringing?
For me it would be bell-bottoms, lip smackers, and trolls. Rainbow t-shirts and pet rocks.
I think I'm going to have to start making notes and pulling together photos for this.
Maybe it's as straightforward as one of Jamaica's stylish lists, but possibly more. The kids are still small (-ish). There are plenty of phases yet to come.
The tricky thing as a parent is recognizing the end of the wave before making that next purchase. When they asked for new Crocs that second summer I knew to hold back. There would be something else.
They now live in flip flops.