I'll never forget the day my son asked me for a
Rainbow Loom. I picked him up from his after school program and he
began rattling off non-stop about why he had to have a Rainbow Loom
and how it would make him a better person.
That weekend we headed to our local Michael's and
were greeted by a massive Rainbow Loom display surrounded by a
mountain of rubber bands. Luckily my son knew just want to do and
picked out his kit and some rubber bands before I could blink. When
we got home he ripped open the box and we spent the rest of the
afternoon watching YouTube videos on how to create the masterpieces
he'd seen at school. There's nothing like seeing a furrowed brow on
a seven year old. It's magical to watch your child focus so
intensely on something and reach their goal. A bracelet. Then a
necklace. And then more bracelets. Time for more rubber
Rainbow Looms are for boys, too.
My son was excited to wear his creations to school
and make them for friends and family members. It had become the
thing to do among his friends, making bracelets for each other. Who
says boys aren't nurturing? I'll admit that I get discouraged when
we stop by a Rainbow Loom night at the library or craft store to
find the tables filled with girls. A colleague shared that her
'burb has a Rainbow Loom night just for boys. I thought it sounded
like a good idea. Then I wondered why we felt the need to separate
jewelry making by gender. Are the adults messing this up for the
Yes, my son's color choices are influenced by his
favorite football teams. Yes, he's made a light saber out of his
rubber bands. He's even decided to make several Denver Bronco
themed bracelets for a Super Bowl party we hope to attend this
weekend. He's creating and thinking about others. I couldn't be
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