Athena has been asking me for months if she could get some fake fingernails. She thinks they are just so beautiful, especially because she always bites her real fingernails and they never grow past the tips of her fingers. I have been trying to talk her out of wanting fake nails for months. So I finally came to terms with the fact that I need to just let her try it out and see for herself what they are like. I told her I wasn't going to buy them for her and if she wanted them bad enough she would have to use her money to buy them.
Well the long awaited day came and we went looking for fake nails. The ones we found at walmart were $4 - $6. I cringed at having her spend that much of her own money on fake nails! I talked her out of them and we went to check at the dollar store. Thankfully they had some and she only had to pay $3. She got 2 sets of nails and a little tube of glue.
Last Friday when the girls were out of school I finally found the time to sit down with Athena, cut and file the nails down to size, and attach them to her real fingernails. She was so excited about it that she waited patiently and watched while I carefully shaped each nail. Here she is with the finished product.
A little bit closer view.
Even though I think it's cute that she desired to have these nails so strongly, I'm crossing my fingers that this will curb her fascination with fake nails and when these die, then we will be done with the whole thing.