My second child has been strong willed since birth. She is a free spirit, think-out-side-of-the-box type of girl. That’s what I love about her. She is spunky and fun. If you want to have a good time, hang with her. I want her to be a free spirit and her own person. I want her to know that she doesn’t have to be like everyone else and do things like everyone else. Yet I also want to teach her that there are times when she needs to follow rules.
For example… It has been getting chilly here in Georgia. Fall is upon us and I am embracing this change in weather. This past Sunday and Monday was a bit cooler than usual with highs around 60 degrees. I have been going through the bins and bins of clothes putting away some summer stuff and getting out all the fall/winter stuff. That is an arduous task, I tell you. It has taken me days and I am still not done. Plus I can’t quite put away all the summer clothes yet. We are still getting a few warmer days here and there.
Anyway, back to my second child. She is 3 1/2 years old, 4 in January. She is very opinionated about what she wears. This summer, she could only wear dresses. No shirts under dresses, no legging, no cardigans, no jackets, nothing. Just dresses, as is. Preferably pink dresses with extra fluff. Why? Because princesses only wear dresses. Big poofy ones. Each morning when she puts on her dress, she twirl around in it. If it didn’t have enough volume, sometimes she would wear a tutu under it. Other times she would have the change her clothes. Yeah, that picky about clothes.
In fact, when we were potty training that was how I got her to stop having accidents. If she had an accident, she would have to wear skirts because princesses didn’t pee pee in their dresses. That was a big no no. And if she had an accident again after changing into a skirt, she would have to wear pants. She screamed, “But, Mommy! Princesses don’t wear pants! Only prince wear pants! I’m NOT a princes!” We only had to do that a couple times and she was accident free. Even her pajamas were dresses with tulle on them. A little intense, huh?
So now that it is getting colder, she can’t just wear dresses all the time. There aren’t a whole lot of long sleeve dresses in pink and really fluffy. I am not going to sew her an entire wardrobe. And I am not going to spend ridiculous amounts of money to buy her special winter princess-like dresses when she already has a bunch of clothes in the closet and dressers. Plus I got go some how figure out how to get her to wear pants and or leggings. Last winter she would wear shirt, skirt and leggings. But over the summer, she wouldn’t even wear skirts any more. Somehow I have to convince her to back to wearing skirts with leggings again. And wear long sleeves and jackets. It’s going to be a long winter.
» Tell me… Do you have a child who is super opinionated about what he/she wears? How do you handle that?