Stuff is expensive and while I support the kids trying new and different things, I have usually drawn a line.
For sporting equipment, shoes and shinguards get passed down one to another; I refuse to buy soccer cleats in a girls model and even shorts can be passed from one gender to another. If there’s team equipment, then they can share with other members of the squad.
And I continued that line until watching one of my kids playing baseball the other night and put on a batting helmet laid down by another boy. My wife nudged me and suggested that in light of the headlice article, it might be worthwhile to just invest in a helmet all of his own.
And for all of the heartache from handling a past lice infestation, I agreed. Tomorrow we go shopping.
There are some things that just make sense despite the philosophy and cost.