Lisa says: The clothing battles have begun

Lisa didn't realize she'd be arguing with Addy over outfits this early on.

We all know that Little Miss Addyson is four going on 17. So why am I surprised that she constantly argues with me over the clothes I pull out for her every morning? Whether she’s going to school, going to my parents’, etc., etc., all Addy wants to wear these days are dresses — more specifically, all she wants to wear is one dress. It’s grey, has tiered layers and a few hot-pinks stars at the top. It’s ALL SHE EVER WANTS TO WEAR!

This morning, for example, I pulled out a lovely pink fleece top with a little flared bottom and a pair of jeggings. (a.k.a. an outfit I would’ve killed for when I was four.)

“Mommy, I don’t want to wear that,” she said, whiny and grumpy.

Me: “But it’s so pretty, and it’s your favourite colour.”

Addy: “I want to wear a dress.”

Me: “It’s freezing today, Ad. You can wear this nice warm outfit I bought for you. It’s super pretty.”

Addy: “I want my dress.”

Me: “You wore it Tuesday to school. It’s in the laundry room. You can’t pull it out of the hamper and wear it today. It’s stinky. You can wear this.”

Addy: “No, I really am not going to wear that, Mommy.”

Me (irritated): “OK. You have a choice. This pink top or this colourful sweater dress.”

Addy (irritated): “I want my other dress now, please, Mommy.”

She ended up putting on the colourful dress after a good 10 minutes of prompting her to put something on.

Is this what I have to look forward to over the next decade?

Addy has gorgeous clothes. She has a closetful (and then some) of adorable, inexpensive pieces from The Children’s Place, Old Navy and Joe Fresh, mainly — clothes I would’ve killed for when I was a kid. (There isn’t a butter-yellow multi-coloured-teddy-bear-covered sweatsuit in this place.) I hit the sales, buy seasons ahead of time, and probably never spend more than $10 on a shirt and $15 on a pair of pants. And everything I buy, I divide the price by two — Peyton very rarely gets new clothes because she wears everything her sister passes down to her. (And Addy’s clothes are always in perfect shape — except for some PJs that have holes in the toes — because she has so much that she never wears anything out.) The kid loves getting new outfits, and loves accessorizing — she’s a mini-me.

I don’t remember fighting with my mom over outfits when I was a kid (the teddy-bear sweatsuits are proof). I don’t want her standing in front of her closet every morning taking an hour to choose an outfit (like, ahem, her mother), and I don’t want to go out and buy the kid dozens of dresses (or maybe I should?).

Does your preschooler argue with about what he/she wears? What’s your clothes-selection process? Do you pick an outfit and make your little one wear it — whether they like it or not — do you offer choice? What works in your home? I’d like to push these clothing fights back several years — when she tries walking out of the house wearing mini skirts paired with crop tops. (Like her Auntie Shayna.)

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