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Life With Wee People: Diary of a four year old yuppie...


Life With Wee People: Diary of a four year old yuppie...

It finally happened. Shorty demanded to be taken to Starbucks for lunch and hot wheel car shopping at Target after a Boulder Creek dinner...

When did my child get sooooooo hung-up on appearances, locations and labels? Was it the constant running up and down the Eastern seaboard and his love affair with chocolate cars and chocolate houses? Was it the pool at the Hilton? Was it my social media obsession about branding, branding, promoting and more branding? (Parents, your kids do pay attention to what you do online - LOL).

Woe is me... The kid is turning into a wiz at reading icon labels and has to have material stuff with specificity or a 20 minute debate ensues...

I miss the days when we used to be able to go into any bakery and get any friggin' donut on the shelf. Now it has to be Duncan because "no other donut will do..." 

Who taught him to say that sissified line? What cartoon is it from??? I am sooooo banning it from my house when I find out. Seriously...

Think I'm kidding about the yuppie thing? Kid has a miniature BMW, wants a real chocolate Lexus, treats his Cars tee shirt like a Bianco Brioni suit, locks his Mickey Mouse watch away in the closet like he's vaulting a Rolex and wont let anyone touch his prized trains (including his Mama - LOL). Stephen doesn't even want to play with the Yamaha anymore. They now fight over taking turns on my Korg N364 digital work station (LOL). ;-)


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Comment balloon 10 commentsC Tann-Starr • October 19 2010 07:22PM


Carolyn.....so funny.  I went through the same exact thing when my kids were young.  Actually, it was mostly my son.  This was in the early 80's, when Nike was first becoming popular with the kids.  He would ONLY wear Nike shoes, and had only certain brand names.  His sister, was just the opposite.  She would see how many things she could get for what I was paying for just one item for Mike.  I think he got that from me.  ha ha

Posted by Jean Hanley, Specializing in Folks Who Want To Buy/Sell Homes (Coldwell Banker Kivett Teeters) about 10 years ago

Bless them. Four year olds' are just so opinionated. Mine expects his own Droid for Christmas!

Posted by Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Central Maryland (Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate) about 10 years ago

Jean, sometimes I think I missed the boat because I spend most of my time in jeans and sneakers or medical scrubs when I don't have to wear a business suit (LOL). ;-)

Ellie, if mine even imagined he could have one he'd never stop talking about it (LMAO). Shorty is still calling people at 2AM when he wanders off for a bathroom break. My Mom loves the strange conversations and my friends usually get me back by calling on another day and wierd hour to ask speak to Stephen (LOL). They still text "Caaaaarrrrrrrrr!!!" to my phone as an inside joke. ;-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 10 years ago

I think I might be partially to blame..the chocolate car, the chocolate house, running up and down the east coast, staying at the Hilton...I confess .. I contributed to the habits of a 4 year old yuppie. Now what? I adore that 4 year old, his older brother and their brilliant mom!!


Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) about 10 years ago

I'm over my head here. I don't know what a "Bianco Brioni suit" is.

I can't see leaving a Mickey Mouse watacm out.

My first love was Anett.


Posted by William J. Archambault, Jr. (The Real Estate Investment Institute ) about 10 years ago

Buckle your seatbelt girlfriend, it's going to be a bumpy ride with that one!  lol!

Posted by Susan Mangigian, Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches (RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A) about 10 years ago

I am sure the day will come when my child suddenly realizes that there are brand names out there.

Posted by JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) about 10 years ago

LOL @ Margaret. Stephen thinks you are his girlfriend. :-D

LOL @ Bill. Ann was great and made me want to watch too. She had presence for such a young star in a limited role. 

ROTFL @ Susan. Yup. In spades (LOL). ;-)

JL, it is an eye opening experience to hear that little opinionated mind on must have brand favorites (LOL). I feel for you. Seriously. ;-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 10 years ago

At some point they will come to realize that there are more important things than the right branded material possessions . . . but don't hold your breath 'cause it may be awhile! Wait until one of them gets passionate about saving the environment and starts telling you what not to buy because that company is 'killing' our environment!

Posted by Maria Morton, Kansas City Real Estate 816-560-3758 (Platinum Realty) about 10 years ago

Maria, that would probably be Noah. He really loves animals. I can see this happening very soon (LOL). ;-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 10 years ago

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