Silly Bandz: please leave them at home
"Silly bands are becoming a distraction in class so I'm asking everyone to please keep them at home," read the email from our first grader's teacher. I, for one, am relieved. Since our friends and family from out East introduced our kids to these souped-up rubber bands earlier this year, they have appeared on many a child's arm, in quantities amounting to a foot long. Sarah wrote about them months ago, wondering: What will the fad end?
Indeed, they have become a distraction. Even more troubling to me, they have become a currency of sorts. The cool have them. Lots of them. The little kids crowd around the ones with plenty, doing tricks or favors to score just one or two. Kids trade them, this shape for that. There are premium shapes, ones that are rarely found in the pack. Spending some time with the first-grader's class recently, I was surprised how omnipresent the bright-colored things are.
Do your kids have them? (Where did you get them? Because I have yet to actually purchase some.) Do you find them to be distracting? Or do you think this, too, shall pass?