Do you let your kids choose their outfits? I remember one of my parent’s friends would let her daughter wear whatever she wanted. As a result she always looked funky-cool. I remember thinking as a high school student that mom was a cool mom (p.s.-remember this?). So the day has come where Nora can dress herself, make decisions on her own, and as it turns out…I actually want her to wear what I want her to wear. I’m not as cool as I thought I’d be. And so it goes, Nora has a very strong will. Usually I try and give her 3 options of outfits and she can pick one. As you guessed, she has none of this. She has a specific outfit she wants to wear. There are no mom-ideas on the table when getting ready for the day. She is really into clothes…something that was not on my radar at her age, or 10, or 15.
My new thing is, she can wear what she wants if it’s weather appropriate i.e. no puffy vests on 90 degree days. I’m even o.k. with her tiara or jockey goggles (yes, that’s right) for trips to the grocery store, church picnics, and the pool. For the record, she picks stuff out that is way cooler than I could manage, but still, at other times, well, it’s a little ridiculous (I mentioned the jockey goggles, yes?). But we pick our battles, right?
We went shopping for a new dress for her birthday this past weekend. I told her it was her first present and she could pick out whatever she wanted. I took her to the Gap (because we love the Gap). I saw THE CUTEST skirt and shirt combo and was holding it up and trying to sell it. She agreed to try it on, but I could tell the ensemble was going to be the runner-up. She was looking for a full-length dress (you know, like a princess, clearly). Unfortunately, Gap did not have any maxi dresses in 4t.
I mean how could you resist this outfit?!
But she opted for the longest dress there, also cute, but not mom’s pick. So you know…the thing I say most at our house, is “you’re not in charge, mom’s in charge.” But if I can give her a little creative freedom in the clothing department, so be it.
p.s. I do love the jockey goggles.