I dread trips to the mall with the kids. For many reasons. One that might not be at the top of your list, but weighs heavily on my mind is the the high likelihood of balloons on offer. Heck even the butcher hands out balloons to the kids. Balloons all around and I am suddenly walking through the mall with double the amount of unruly things to manage. Now balloons may be good fun, but my kids get so attached to their existence that it is like the passing of a beloved pet when they pop. I banned them in theory, but not in practice as they have somehow made their way back into our house appearing as stowaways in birthday party goodie bags. Some parents worry about strangers offering their kids candy and me…well, I fear the balloon pushers.