Last week, I bought Maddie a new sweater, which I thought was really cute. Upon seeing it, she claimed that she didn't like it. The next day, when I was getting her ready for school, she told me that she wasn't going to wear her new sweater because it was ugly.
"Sorry, my dear, but all of your other clothes are dirty. You're wearing this."
"I'll need my heavy coat. Zipped up. So nobody can see this ugly shirt."
So, I did what any smart mom would do. I zipped up her coat, dropped her off at school, and let her teacher deal with getting her to take it off.
My child is a fashion diva. She loves wearing smocked dresses that my mom made for me. She knows what shoes go with what outfit. She only wants to wear "priddy" clothes.
And, according to her, this isn't pretty. In fact, she called it tacky. It's the sweater my grandmother knitted for her and 2 of her cousins for Christmas.*
When my sisters and I saw the sweaters, we commented on how cute the owls were. And how much time it must have taken. And didn't Jenica have one like that when she was little? Then, we saw the tails.
"Oh. I mean kittens. Yep, those kittens are cute. And, look- matching purses."
I love the fact that my 80 year old grandmother took the time to make sweaters and purses for her great- grandchildren. And it infuriates me that Maddie won't even try it on, much less let me take a stinkin' picture with her wearing it. She sure uses her purse, though.
I've tried the guilt trip. I've tried bribery. I even told her that I wouldn't keep a copy of the picture, to show to future boyfriends. I just want a picture to send to her great- grandmother.
Next, I'm using threats. I'll just tell her that if she doesn't put it on for a few minutes, to take the picture, I will make sure ALL of her clothes are dirty and force her to wear it to school. Then to her birthday party. Where everyone will see her wearing it. And, lots of pictures will me made.
*Nanny, if you secretly got internet access and read my blog-I made all of this up. I love you, and Maddie LOVES the sweater. Wears it all the time. Promise. I'll send you a picture soon. If I can ever get her to take it off to wash it.