Holiday break is over! Back to the grind. Back to getting kids dressed. Back to looking up tips for morning routine… things that will avoid a looming wipeout of my positive attitude for the brand new day in one swift screech.
The other day I got a door slammed in my face by my usually-agreeable 5 year old. My FIVE year old. We were having an argument about how she needed to wear long sleeves (and NOT a tank top) because it was cold outside. For no rational reason, I became livid. She became beyond unreasonable. No. You’re not wearing a tank top today. Because it’s too cold outside to wear a tank top today! It was like there was a 15 year old in my house. She wanted the tank top. I stood my ground. She screamed at me and slammed the door in my face. (She then got both of her favorite dolls promptly taken away for the next 24 hours. No, I did not give them back despite her hysterical crying about how sorry she was and how she was going to be nice from now on. Sorry cutie. You slam a door, the dolls are GONE for 24 hours.) I knew I was right but I also wanted to cry. She was crying. I then told her (and her sister) to get their glitzy fuzzy cozy boots on and get in the car before I took away more dolls.
What a fabulous way to kick off the morning routines for 2016. I’m guessing and hoping we’ve all been there. 5 year olds. Who knew.
And let’s not forget about my 3 year old: How she insists on only wearing nightgowns around the house… and to the grocery store… and outside to play… and to preschool (although I don’t let her get away with that one). Nightgowns equal happiness. No nightgown, no happy. Even with an oversized princess doll. Threenagers.
I guess these girls have their own style and here I am jacking it all up. I’ve asked my mom about whether my sister and I were ‘challenging’ to dress when we were small kids. “You two were awful,” she’s told me (more than once). Well then.
The one major tip I’ve noticed that actually helps quell some of the irrationality surrounding which-top-what-pants-I-don’t-want-those-shoes attitudes? Letting them pick one item of clothing to wear the night before. A shirt, a pair of pants, certain socks, even a tutu… you pick ONE, Mommy picks the rest according to dress codes and weather patterns and general propriety concerning participating in a classroom in winter.
FabKids.com gives moms and kids controllable options to pick and choose the most on trend looks for the whole family. Looks that are affordable, durable, expressive, fun, sparkly and hip. Looks that my girls actually dig without drama. Like magic. Who says you can’t play outside in sequins? You CAN. Because we HAVE. I still get some mini-sass here and there, but I’m not expecting everything to evaporate overnight… I’m calling this a win.
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DISCLOSURE: I was provided complimentary FabKids and JustFab outfits for purposes of this post and various television appearances. All opinions and experiences are my own.