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One of the most vivid memories I have of my little sister from when we were kids, was her sense of style. That girl always knew what she wanted to wear and it didn't matter what anyone else had to say about it (and nothing has changed there!). She wore flip flops in the snow and moon boots in the blazing summer heat. It's one of the things I love the most about her. She knows who she is, and she's confident being herself.
One of my girls loves to show off her sense of style as well, but the morning is almost always a terrible time for her to make fashion decisions. She is not a natural morning person, and finding the perfect outfit right when she wakes up to get ready for school is stressful for everyone in the house.
A couple months ago, my daughter got a bag of cute hand-me-downs from a friend, and was thrilled to put together some new combinations. She was coming up with some pretty wild ensembles, and was having a hard time figuring out when she could wear all her outfits. So, I suggested we have a Sunday night fashion date to figure out her clothes for the week.
She really got into it. She had me open my weather app to check out what would be seasonably appropriate, and picked shoes and outfits according to her PE schedule at school (only tennis shoes on PE days). I got to do a little suggesting on how outfits would go together a little better (with out the morning throw down fight). It made me more aware of what shirt or dress she would want ready to go (meaning washed or ironed, etc). It went so well, we decided to keep it up.
Getting dressed in the morning is drama free, and we don't have to think about it for a week. I actually really enjoy the one on one time we have together as well. It's provided a great opportunity for me to talk with her about how to pick out clothes that are functional for what she's doing (comfortable and sensible for PE, dresses for church, boots when it's colder, sandals when it's warmer, etc). It's also been a great time to talk about modesty and how we want to show our bodies respect and protection by covering them appropriately. She can still wear the things she wants, we sometimes just add a sweater on top, a shirt underneath or maybe some bloomers to keep things G rated.
The accessories still get a bit wild, but that's just the fun part about being a spunky kid.