Recently I read a magazine article about a controlling mom who still picked out her four year-old's clothing each day.
My first thought was: "Who in their right mind would let a four year old dress herself??" I personally loved picking out Paige's clothes every day, that kind of thing is fun for me. She's like my real-life little paper doll! But the article got me thinking: "Am I doing Paige a disservice by dressing her myself?" An interesting question.
Then I started thinking about my own childhood. One of the stories that my mom loves to tell about me is how I dressed when I was a little girl! I loved clothes. (Still do!) And I would have rather had a pretty pink dress for christmas than any toy or doll. My mother often let me dress myself, (thanks, Mom!)even when we went to church! She said I would always pile on all of my favorite things; my favorite dress with my favorite pants underneath, my favorite sweater on top...you get the idea. In my mind I was beautiful.
me in my glory:
So I decided that maybe I should let Paige practice some creativity and dress herself. No rules. No mom-fluence. As long as it was seasonally appropriate and modest, she could wear what she loved! I couldn't wait to see what she came up with. And you know? She didn't do too bad! The girl's got style.
I decided a little photographic documentation was in order for the first week, so after she got dressed every morning we snapped a few. After all, it's a big deal to dress yourself! She'll have fun looking back when she's grown.
I cannot get enough of her poses! Occasionally I'll ask her to pose a certain way, but these are all her own. I think she favors "the big kiss" the most, wouldn't you say?
So how do you guys do it? Do your kids dress themselves? I'm curious which side has more votes. Although I'm really convinced that it probably doesn't matter much one way or the other. :O)