Over the weekend, I decided to go through our kids' clothes. They share a dresser, and between the two of them, despite Daddy's decent organizational skills, every one of the six drawers was so stuffed, they could barely be closed. My wife and I had put off the job for long enough -- it was time.
I decided to take on the task solo. My better half is better suited for it, since I'm awful at eyeballing a shirt or a skirt and determining whether or not it still fits one of our children, but I wanted to give her a break. I'd go through everything, then let her make the final call.
With our 18-month-old son, it's always been easy: the only issue is whether something fits him. He's 18-months old: he wears whatever we stuff him into.
But our 4-year-old daughter makes the whole wardrobe thing a different animal.
She's developed a signature look (weather permitting): a short-sleeved shirt over a long-sleeved shirt, on top of leggings and a skirt. She likes a variety of colors, but they're usually coordinated. Thankfully, she's been backing off the "It has to be pink!" ledge as of late.
It's a rare day that she deviates from this outfit, and she tends to wear the same items over and over again (kind of like her Dad does). So I decided to include her in the weeding-out process, figuring since the clothes she prefers are so specific, it'd make things easy.
I was right. She basically hung on to all her favorite stuff, and rejected everything else. Of course, I decided to keep a selection of the dumped items, knowing they'd be needed at some point. But she's a strong-willed kid, and we know that there's a good chance she'll never wear some of the things that I'd chosen to keep.
This all got me thinking: How are these kids going to dress when they get into high school? Will there be any battles?
I'm guessing the answers are: Who knows? and: Of course.
I wondered just how much trouble might be ahead in my daughter's case. She doesn't really wear anything out of the ordinary, considering she's 4-years-old: the occasional full-on ballerina outfit to school, or a favorite pajama top outside once in a while. There's also the official Snow White costume from last Halloween that sometimes finds its way to a birthday party, but that's all normal.
Will my wife and I have to send her back to her room to try again, after she shows up in something a bit too skimpy for 8th grade? Maybe.
But she's a good kid and a little shy. I suspect there won't be trouble. But who knows what will happen once she's faced with somebody she's attracted to.
What's the most outrageous thing your kid has worn outside your home?