I know that I’ve been pretty lucky when it comes to easy-going kids. Most days I can convince Lily to wear whatever outfit I choose for her, though I’ll be the first to admit, we have, on more than one occasion, butted heads over various outfits, shoe selections or even what bows to wear.
Small arguments aside, I know that I’m lucky.
I have one friend whose little girl has refused to wear pants (MUST be a skirt or a dress) for the past 3 years.
Another friend endures daily tantrums and screaming matches when she tries to brush her daughter’s hair.
Yet another friend has a kid who is obviously destined for a nudist colony. Her son is anti-clothing so she’s lucky just to wrestle the kid into underwear each morning.
I do have a rule though. It’s one that makes me seem like a HERO ROCK STAR MOM to Lily and her exuberance whenever it occurs is enough to make me giggle uncontrollably. On those all-too-rare days when we have absolutely nothing planned, nowhere to go, I announce that it’s “Choose Your Own Outfit Day.” Anything she wants to wear, matching or not, in season or not, I. don’t. care. Ballet tights with tutu with cable knit sweater? Sure! Frilly socks with capri pants with a bathing suit top? Go for it! Bedroom slippers with a tank top and lederhosen? IT’S YOUR DAY, GIRLFRIEND!
Today was one of those days. I snapped a pic at Lily’s wardrobe of choice to send to Bob but figured I’d share it with you as well. On today’s menu was a pair of brown mary janes, mismatched socks, a corduroy skirt dappled with Yorkie dogs and a t-shirt from the Outer Banks. I might note – the shirt was on backwards because in her own words, “I just love the horse butt side. It’s hilarious. It makes people laugh and yell, ‘HORSE BUTTS?!?!'”
How about your family? Is dressing a daily battle or are your kiddos happy to leave the dressing decisions up to you?