Written by Marykate Wurster, mom of 3, from Riverside, CT
Photo by mia3mom
You are the little girl in the Cinderella costume. It is not Halloween. You are not going to a costume party. It’s a Tuesday and the forecast calls for rain. You have a band aid on your elbow and there is a flower in your hair. It is a dandelion. You wear it like a rose, or a peony or an orchid.
There is a smudge of blue paint on your right cheek. You are wearing your brother’s old K Swiss sneakers, which look like white geriatric shoes peeking out from under folds of blue tulle and glitter. Your hair is braided.
You carry a small purse in your left hand. And in your right is your mother’s. She is smiling. She doesn’t mind the looks from the mothers, with their daughters in dainty bows, and perfectly coiffed hair, their dresses smocked and not a stain or wrinkle on them.
And then someone will pass and remark, “What a beautiful princess!” Your face erupts like the sun’s rays. For this, it is all worth it.
I let my kids dress themselves but I do manage the intake of clothing to have some say. Most days I embrace it; they love it and feel so good about what they wear. My girls have always had strong opinions on clothes and their vision, even at 2 years of age, my goodness! I hold on to “my days” – events, holidays and celebrations. Otherwise, I have decided to let them express themselves.
How about you? Do your children want to dress themselves?
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