Way too early, in my opinion.
Miss5 has started refusing clothing. Nothing new in itself. Except, now it's on account of what other girls are wearing.
I know it's completely irrational and O.T.T - but my response is dread, sadness, horror, fear, gut churning stuff. She is only 5, and already the image-conscious peer-pressure fashion conformity stuff has started!All over this....
Skort - Skirt at the front, shorts underneathVersus
Standard issue school tracksuit pantsMiss5 refuses to wear anything but skorts to school. The incredibly fashion-challenged, practical yet hideous, skorts. I've tried to explain that her preferred 'skorts' are in fact pants. But she calls them a skirt and in her world she's never wrong - despite how often I take the bait and try and convince her otherwise. Which only ends up with me in desperate need of wine and/or sedatives, and searching for a clock to see if it's too early for either/both.
To put this epic disagreement into perspective - this is a girl who is currently wandering around the house at 7:05pm in a high visibility Road Workers' vest :
I'm teaching her The YMCA, so she doesn't look quite so odd in this.
Please note, the shoes are sparkly and glittery (which doesn't show up on the dodgy laptop webcam pic). Because that's what she teams with a tiered multi-coloured skirt and a high vis safety vest.
So, to say that her taste is a bit flawed (and her internal thermometer - as it is currently about 14 Degrees Celsius and this is what she's wearing) is like the mother of all understatements.
She clearly listens to her mother only when I don't want her to, not when she should. Because when I asked her why she was dressed like that, her response was "because that's how I roll, Mum". I shit you not. Something I regularly say to #1 Hubby when he questions me on stuff, because I know it shits him.
You reap what you sow, karma coming back to bite me in the ass - yeah I know, all of that stuff.
Her bestest buddies at school wear the school skirt, dress or skorts, and so does she. With the onset of winter and the plummeting temperatures, her mates have started to wear the mother of all comfort-wear (besides the Snuggie), tracksuit pants.
But not Miss5. Because one single friend is still wearing her dress, so will she.Recently, that friend switched to tracksuit pants.But not Miss5. Because she is allergic. That was her deadly serious reasoning. Shades of her mother again, this time in creating fake medical conditions to get out of something school related (refer to my admission that I suffered many chronic, serious - but ultimately fake - asthma attacks in Primary School, just to get out of anything requiring a sports uniform)I've tried everything to convince Miss5 to wear the damn tracksuit pants:
- 3 styles of tracksuit pants. Tight, loose, button up, elastic waist, bootleg, straight leg. Every freaking style imaginable. I even offered to bedazzle them with her name, just to get her to wear them.
- Scaring her with tales of horror colds and influenza, complete with gory details of green snot monsters. All highly likely in the current climate, with her naked legs sticking out and covered in goose bumps from the cold she claims not to feel (except for on her arms, as she grabs her school jacket).
- Threatening her that she won't be allowed to go to school unless she wears them. But on further consideration, I realised that would only be punishing me.
- Pointing out all of her friends now wearing tracksuit pants. She points out the one single girl still in a skirt. Until this week where they are all wearing pants and she's got no response for me. I was most gracious, ladylike and motherly in my "Ha ha" (a la Nelson from The Simpson's). So now the other mother's no doubt see me as both negligent (for sending Miss5 to school in Winter in skorts) and immature. Bonus.
It came down to this:
Total product of her Grandfather, #1Pop, Miss5 refused all age-appropriate bribery, preferring a $1 scratchie to deign to wear the much maligned tracksuit pants for one day.The large spearmint milk got me two more days of tracksuit pant patronage. It took some fierce negotiating on my part, but I got 2 days for the spearmint milk since it was a large carton, not a small one. I covered up the discount sticker with my hand, while negotiating, just so she didn't try and screw me over and demand only 1 day on account of it being on sale and nearly out of date.She won $5 on her scratchieMiss5 : 0 Parental Parody : 1