January 21, 2013 by talkaboutyork
I have a new idea. If you’ve followed my blog (and previous blogs) for a while, you’ll know that I am prone to crazy ideas every now and then. I’ve had another, much to my husband’s dismay. (A quick aside: We watched a ridiculous film with Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd recently called ‘Wanderlust’. In one scene, Paul is yelling at his wife (Jennifer) saying that she never sticks to anything. First there’s the coffee shop idea, then the Buddhist retreat idea, then the documentary film making idea….. My husband watched that and said that it was like watching his life. Nice.)
Anyway, back to the idea. I have two boys. Aged 7 and almost 9. They are definitely, definitely no longer in the little boy phase. They are just boys. Not teens. Not men. Just that very special breed of creature called BOYS.
And they are boys who play a lot of sport and get covered in mud on a regular basis. They could star in Ariel adverts as to why dirt is good. Even when they’re not playing sport, they’re jumping on each other extracting and smearing blood or waving dooberries (technical term) at the Wii and working up a sweat. Or they’re eating and spilling / wiping food on themselves. They occasionally pee on themselves. And the older of the two definitely smells of sweat. Deodorant for an 8 year old? Just hadn’t entered my head until I took a whiff of his pits recently and nearly passed out.
If ever there was a group of people who need to use soap, it is boys aged between the ages of six and twelve. But take a look in supermarkets and online and see what products you can find that are aimed at this group. Nada. Zilch. Zip (in the UK at least, I can’t vouch for the rest of the world.)
You can buy a myriad of pink things. And you can buy revolting cartoon branded products which would probably melt your child’s skin off. Besides, Ben 10 and Spongebob Squarepants are like sooooo three years ago. There is nothing that is aimed at boys of this age that a) they want to use and b) parents want them to use.
So that got me thinking. Quite a lot. I think I’m onto something. I’ve been doing quite a bit of research but I need to do a bit more.
And I need your help. If you could please take my mega super quick survey of just 10 questions, please click here. You will need to have boys between the ages of 6 and 12 to take the survey. So if you don’t just leave me a comment below about the weather or something.
Ta very much. I’m off to put on a load of very dirty laundry now.