Our kids love coming to work with us – and why wouldn’t they? We’ve got two couches, a shelf with legos and play-dough and dolls and markers and art supplies and a gum ball machine and full access to the iPad. Even we would love to come in to work and engage with all of those things.
One of the best things about our work is that we have flexibility to bring them in when school is out, they’re a little under the weather, or it’s a home day but we’ve gotta keep the grind going. They think it’s a special day, and we love that they get to see us working, too. Our own Mom worked hard when we were kids, too, as most Moms do. Sometimes it’s in the home, sometimes its outside of the home, and we’ve somehow managed to let it all merge together where our studio space feels like an extension of our homes, a place where our kids kick off their shoes and make themselves at home.
Part of them being in our studio means they ask us questions about who the locket is for, who is in the photograph, who will wear it. We tell them the truth, always.
“Is she alive, mama?”
“Does he miss his Dada?”
“They were on vacation at the beach together?”
“Do they love each other in this photo?”
“Can we get a dog like she has?”
“How did he die?”
“Can you make me a kitty locket?”
“Are they married, Mama?”
“What’s her name, Mama?”
Kids know what feels important to you if you let them. They know that lockets are special, that they’re made with love and bought thoughtfully. They’re comforted by the symbolism and tangibility of holding something close just like we are. And if we’re really honest, they do love getting lockets, just like us.
We’ve also made The Big Love for two girls who’s Mom had to leave the country for cancer treatments.
We originally made our line of open lockets for kids because we found that our own kids were wearing our closed lockets and leaving them open so they could see them all the time. But then we noticed that so many adults love the open ones, and kids really like to be able to open and close the locket. That is much of the fun for them. So we changed it up again and stopped calling them kids lockets, and now they’re simply lockets.
What we landed on is that every kid is different. We may have designed The Ozzie Locket Clip and The Blue Meow Meow Locket with kids in mind, but they’re not kids lockets. The Penny is also popular for little girls, but you wouldn’t believe how many Grandmas wear it, too.
Much like adults, it feels good to receive a locket as a gift, and subsequently doesn’t even really matter what the gift is, because it really is the thought that counts.
You can’t make a bad decision because lockets to kids mean the same as lockets for adults: connection to those we love.