Exactly fifteen years ago I graduated from High School. I remember having really cute outfits to go out to our parties and get togethers, a couple of trendy purses and two pairs of jeans at the most. The rest of my wardrobe consisted on an outfit switcheroo between my girlfriends and I. It was a lot of fun and actually pretty green, if you think about it. We were being very fashion forward by recycling our looks. Nobody cared "who were we wearing" and we enjoyed every minute of it. That was then. Right between the original Beverly Hills 90210 and today's Gossip Girl. What the hell happened?
I had no clue who Louis Vuitton was until I was about to graduate from college. Coach? Isn't that how we usually travel? And why in the world does a fifteen year old need an I Phone? Am I just getting old or is there something seriously wrong with kids these days? I just see the girls in High School trying to look like the Gossip Girl cast more and more each day. All about the brands and little about the substance. How do parents afford these new lifestyles? I honestly don't know. Plus, even if I was to afford the Serena and Blair lifestyle; it is not real. In real life you actually need to work hard to be able to provide for the family.
Of course we had brands back in the day. I remember the Guess Jeans were the trendiest jeans back then. Benetton was huge in Puerto Rico and who didn't go to Nativa for a "quinceanero" dress? Some of us did. In today's world it is not a $70.00 jean anymore; it is more like a $700.00 dollar purse. What the hell? The twisted part is that you see more and more kids wearing high end designer these days. What will happen when these kids go to the real world and spend their entire check on shoes? Who will be paying for their groceries, their rent, their medical insurance? This is quite scary.
Frankly, I love watching Gossip Girl; it is one of my guilty pleasures. The fashions, the hair styles and the characters are fun to watch week after week; but I am a grown up. I know that in the real world an eighteen year old doesn't run a New York City empire. Of course not, but this is a show targeted for teenagers, and that is the scary part. Back in the day we had the original 90210; a bunch of spoiled brats with teenage issues. Not 100% real, but it definitely wasn't as alarming as these new shows are.
Are regular kids able to relate to the luxurious lives of the Manhattan's elite? Is this what kids these days aspire to? I honestly think these shows are setting today's teenagers for a huge disappointment, since it is just a fairy tale.
What will happen when my kids become teenagers? I can only imagine. I guess that, as parents, we'll have an uphill battle to fight.
For today's recipe some "food for thought":
Is money, fame, brands and being sexy more important than character, substance and intelligence? It is time to think about these things, since we are the parents of tomorrow's teenagers. Let's all try to achieve some balance by raising confident, smart, beautiful and intelligent kids.
If you'd like to hear more about the subject, listen to the Ay Mama! blog radio show tomorrow, Thursday May 20th at 2:00 pm CST. Just go to http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ay-mama