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Amanda Lamb: Extensions

Posted July 11, 2010

"Why do people add stuff to their body?" my older daughter asks me one day.

"What do you mean?" I reply absentmindedly as I'm scrolling through my email on my BlackBerry.

"You know hair extensions, and extensions here?" She points to her chest. This gets my attention. I put the BlackBerry down.

Then she goes one step further. She coins a new phrase, "boob extensions." I have to admit, I thought it was kind of a clever way of putting it. But I didn't have a clever answer to give her. If I reply negatively, I am denigrating people who make this choice. But, if I advocate it, I go against my own personal belief of being happy with what God gave you. I decided to take the middle-of-the-road approach.

"Honey, it's just like wearing makeup, or putting on jewelry, or a pretty dress. If it makes someone feel good about herself, than that's what matters. But you're perfect just the way you are, inside and out. You don't need to do anything to improve your appearance in any way," I say honestly as I look into her deep brown eyes framed by her beautiful young face.

"OK," she says with a smile and a nod of understanding. "So, tell me. Who do we know who has boob extensions?"

There's no entry in the parent handbook for this one, folks.

Amanda Lamb is the mom of two and a reporter for WRAL-TV. She's written several books including one on motherhood called "Smotherhood." Find her here every Monday.


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  • finicula Jul 20, 2010

    Try lice-encrusted nappy dreads - sure to win friends & influence people.

  • bgb Jul 13, 2010

    You did great handling that one.Kids all of sudden come up with sayings and questions you are not expecting them to say .Kudos to you.

  • dhilliard2 Jul 12, 2010

    now after all these years I have a reason for my big rear in - rear in extensions- gotta love those young minds!

  • Killian Jul 12, 2010

    You have to love the blunt queries of kids. =) Kudos to you for handling that one with grace! They do come up with some tough ones. If she persists in that last question, you can always say that it's a private thing and therefore, you really don't know who has them and who doesn't!