Now that my oldest daughter is 7 I am facing much more resistance with the clothing that she wears then ever before. I have boxes of clothing that I have scored for amazing prices and I can easily pull out a full new wardrobe for my kids for school this year and not have to buy a thing, except my 7 year old is now getting her “own style” and the clothing that I have is not what she wants to be wearing. That is not to say all of it, but there are quite a few pieces that she gave me the “you really want me to wear that” look as I pulled them out of the box the other day. On one hand I just want to be like “I spent time and money to buy you these things, you should appreciate them” and then I think about the times I was a little girl and my mom wanted me to wear dress (UGG! I have never been a fan of dresses and even now I don’t like them), for a while I remember having to wear them and my mom gave in and let me pick wearing pants over the dresses. I also remember a few times that I really wanted a shirt that my mom didn’t like and I didn’t get it and I was upset because the shirt she wanted me to wear I just did not like. So I feel for her I really do but it is also making me realize that she is growing up way to fast and now has her own taste in clothing.
What happened to the days when I could put her in a cute little outfit and she was happy as can be picking out what shoes (from the few choices that I gave her) she was going to wear? Now there is sometimes an argument as to a pair of shoes, one day she will love them and the next day she hates them and refuses to wear them. As she gets older I know she will have more of an opinion as to what she wants to wear and that is a part of life but who knew it would be so hard to go shopping for things like socks. I never expected socks to be a point of disagreement when it came to clothing but it is.
This years school shopping talks have brought up a challenge, not just with clothing but the backpack she has is not a “cool” one like her friends had, or she wants to have a certain lunch box, and certain pencils and certain pants.
Who would have thought that the time for her to get an opinion on what she wears and what she wants for school would come so quickly at just 7 years old.
How old are you kids? If your kids voice their opinion on what they wear at what age did they start doing so?