If the hat fits, keep mum about handmade gifts from the kids

THERE are times in your life when you wear things you really don't want to, as a mother.

When your little darlings are still little darlings there is the never ending dribble patches and other baby bodily fluids adorning your clothing.

As they get older there are the grubby hands and sticky fingers that put a few extra decorative touches to any outfit.

But it is the ones your kids make as a special present that give you the biggest guilt for not wanting to wear them.

You know the ones.

The lovely Mother's Day brightly coloured macaroni necklaces made at Kindy.

The even lovelier Christmas necklaces adorned with silver stars and bits of tinsel.

I've seen a large number of staff in my office wearing loom band bracelets lately, and I know it is not by choice.

I've even had friends tell me of their experiences of having their daughters "do their make-up for them" and expect it to be worn in public. So glad that's never happened to me.

This week, however, I was happy to wear something my son made.

It was the work Melbourne Cup function, and the requirement was to get creative.

After listening to my son describe fascinators they made at school for the teachers to wear on Melbourne Cup Day I made use of his new found talents and got him working on one for me.

A bit of newspaper, a few coloured sticky-notes, some sticky tape, glue and a few staples later, I had my fascinator.

It sure was fascinating, but I won the prize for most fascinating hat, scoring a bottle of wine and spending money.

While thinking with a hint of happiness and a tinge of regret that the times of my son making me things to wear might be over, as he ventures to high school next year, I was reminded more challenges were to come.

High school kids might not spend time making macaroni necklaces or newspaper fascinators, but they do have cooking classes, and I have been warned their efforts don't always taste so good.

If only I could use the same excuses kids use to not eat things they don't like.

"Eew, that looks gross. I'm not eating that."

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