I kept the girls home from picture day yesterday. The drama that ensued over what to wear became much too much; screaming and crying and clothes tossing and hysterics over matching tights to dresses to shoes.
While all of their friends were having their photos taken, my daughters sat in their room with their lunch boxes while I huffed and puffed; would have blown this place down had I been able to find the lung power.
I'd love to say that it was all them, but it wasn't.
I did my share of screaming and clothes tossing, too. I, their mother, was the ringleader of the madness; the curator of the crazy.
I feel badly about it today.
Did it matter if Soph wore the brown/green/orange polka dot tights with her navy dress? Would it have been so terrible if Grace had worn her red and white Christmas dress with the "they're comfortable" salt water faded Keen boat shoes?
I am an easy-going mom. I let my kids have an awful lot of choices about what to wear, what to eat, where to go, what to do.
I'm not a "You WILL wear this!" kind of mom.
But yesterday I wanted pretty pictures of my girls in the Liberty print Petit Bateau dresses I've been waiting for them to fit into. I bought those dresses with images of my sweet daughters looking tres French. Lovely sophisticated little girls. The fairy tale image of what I always imagined my daughters would be...
They hate the dresses. They hate the print, despite my lessons on the history of Liberty of London. They hate the weight of the fabric and the style of the sleeves. Grace especially hates the front button placket.
I sent them off to school this morning in outfits of their choosing.
It's a gorgeous day here, the sun shining bright for the first time in a week, and I chose not to fight the what to wear battle.
Do I need to start picking more battles for control?
Probably a good idea to create more limits.
What's a mother to do when you realize that your parenting style has created a personality trait in your children (in my case stubborn minded fashion forward not at all French little monsters) that could potentially become a bigger problem? Fix it, right? And fast...
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