Saturday, January 9, 2010

A sense of humor is key….

Whenever I see a young child running around in mismatched clothes or odd-looking shoes, I figure that the child dressed himself/herself.  That’s a safe assumption, am I right? 

Every morning, Landon comes into my room and wakes me up with, “Mommy, you help me put on my clothes?”  There he stands with a shirt and pants that I would never put together as an outfit in a million years.

I just shake my head and ask, “Are you sure you want to wear this?  It doesn’t even match”.  He nods his head and says, “Yes, I wear this”.  I say, “Let me remind you that we’ll be running errands today and going to playgroup…you still want to wear this?”

Well, of course he does.  He doesn’t care if I’m embarrassed by how he’s dressed.  The world revolves around him…he’s 2 years old, for crying out loud.

So this is one of the ensembles he came up with the other day….

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Yes, my friends, he is wearing a lovely green-striped polo shirt along with a pair of Bella’s pink pajama pants.  I dragged him out with me around town and of course he got stared at. 

An older gentleman was nosy enough to point out that Landon’s outfit didn’t quite match.  I smiled and said, “Shhh, don’t say it too loudly.  He’s color blind”.

The next day, he actually didn’t do too badly as far as the shirt and pants went.  BUT….he insisted on wearing Bella’s pink shoes that were about 3 sizes too big for him.  He couldn’t walk without tripping over his own feet every few steps.

I asked him, “Don’t you think you should wear a pair of your own shoes…you know, the BLUE ones that actually fit you just fine?”  He shook his head and wrinkled his brow, which told me he was completely prepared to battle this out with me if I continued to press him on the issue.  So totally not worth it, don’t you agree?

This is how he left the house that day….

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And lest anyone try to point out to me that my male child is wearing PINK shoes that are way too big for him, I simply taped this sign to his back for the rest of the day.

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Sometimes you just gotta laugh at the little things…a sense of humor is key.  Plus, I keep telling myself “this is just a phase…this too shall pass”.

65 comments:

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

I'm anxious to know whether anyone commented on his shoes after seeing the note attached to his back?

My girls would come out looking really messed up, fashion statement wise. I would say, "Your shoes are on the wrong feet and your hair isn't combed and your shirt doesn't match" but like you did with Cole, I'd just swallow all of the possible arguments and allow them to go with me. There is something about the ability to dress yourself. It spells, "big kid". Baby Boo is learning how to do that but most of the time, her shoes are on the wrong feet more than not matching.

He's definitely going to be a boy that doesn't care what others think.

Stephen, Shanelle, and Sean said...

that is just too funny my son at 18 months likes to wear shorts over his pj's with his rain boots on. I feel your pain lol

Kelli said...

THUNDEROUS APPLAUSE for the sign on his back! HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!

Betty Manousos:cutand-dry.blogspot.com said...

Too funny!Loved the sign on his back,
your son is absolutely adorable!
hugs hugs

Buckeroomama said...

The card probably got as much attention as the shoes on his feet. LOL!!!

AngieB said...

He's so cute! I just love seeing kids out with mismatched or totally inappropriate clothes - it reminds me of taking my boys out with hand towels safety-pinned to their backs as capes - GOOD TIMES! The sign is GREAT - think I can get my 18-year-old to wear one to explain his long hair and baggy jeans?

Eva Gallant said...

That is way too cute! Love the sign!

Jessi said...

I want to know if anyone commented on the sign too LOL.

That is hilarious! :)

cindi said...

My middle child, Callie, started this when she was about the same age. I too thought, "Pick your battles." Today at nearly 19 years of age, she has one of the best senses of style I have seen. She is the go-to girl for what is in and hip. Good job, mom!

6p00e54ed49fcb8833 said...

Awwww, that's so sweet! Whenever I see a child dressed like that I call it a tantrum outfit. BTW, it's Sharyn at feefifoto -- that OpenID thing is turning on me lately. Have to figure out what's gone haywire so I stop coming up as a bunch of garbled numbers.

Brooke said...

i love the "get over it" followed by "have a nice day" :P

Shell said...

I love the sign!

These things are so not worth the battle!

You have an award over on my blog.

Rebecca said...

LOVE it!!! I actually kind of like the first outfit...what does that say about me?

The Mother said...

I really could have used that sign when I let my 8-yo pack himself for camp.

When he got there, the staff assumed that all his clothes were dirty (because they were crumpled and some were inside out), rewashed them, and gave me a scathing lecture when I picked him up.

I don't think my hearty laughter was the response they were expecting.

If I had known you could just put in a sign, I'd have been MUCH better off. But then, who knew they were going to go through his luggage?

Nicolasa said...

Oh my gosh! This is hilarious! They certainly don't care what they wear, they are just so proud of themselves for picking out the clothes!

I love the sign you put on his back! Hilarious!

Innsbrook said...

I stumbled onto your blog somehow and can always count on a smile! Thanks!

Deb said...

"Innsbrook" was actually me....sorry, I was logged onto my moms club account....geez! See, I can use many smiles!

When did I become my Mom said...

Love it!

My oldest dresses himself now (at 8) but sometimes the outfits are too outlandish and I send him straight back to change shirt or pants.

I agree that you have GOT to have a sense of humour!!

Really do love the note!!

Kristina P. said...

Hey, pink is in for guys! Love the note.

Nancy@ifevolutionworks.com said...

Love it when they want to dress themselves!!! My son always grabbed either red or orange shorts to start with and then would pick a top. I'm not sure what possesed me to even buy orange shorts, but I learned to hide them way in bottom of his drawer as it makes for a very mismatched disaster!

Nancy@ifevolutionworks.com said...

Love it when they want to dress themselves!!! My son always grabbed either red or orange shorts to start with and then would pick a top. I'm not sure what possesed me to even buy orange shorts, but I learned to hide them way in bottom of his drawer as it makes for a very mismatched disaster!

shortmama said...

I agree with ya! However my kids pick out their clothes is ok with me...they often dress themselves better than my hubs dresses them anyway

blueviolet said...

You ROCK for letting him just do it his way. It's definitely not the battle to fight and there WILL be battles. ;)

Neo said...

Classic. Sometimes i think its just best to let kids learn some of the smaller things on their own rather than forcing our ideas on them.

my nephew would always dress himself and then put on a pair of shades and a baseball cap.

Sara @ Domestically Challenged said...

This post is why I love you. Go mom!

Amy W said...

Ha! My hubby wore his sister's pink tennis shoes after she outgrew them. :) Something about living in Africa on the mission field...

LOVE the sign on his back - that's classic!

Amy said...

This is such a great post. He looks amazing. I am glad you let him dress himself. Love it. Thanks for the kind words today..

Corrie Howe said...

I love that you put a sign on his back. I always wanted too. But my teen actually has pretty good taste now.

Donna said...

LMAO!! LOVE IT! I didn't (and still don't) fight that battle myself. Amazing how MANY people would tell me or better yet one of my twins "his shoes are on the wrong foot." Um, yeah, we got OUT of the house today, so.....who the f-bomb cares!

Anyway - LOVE him, his smile makes ANY outfit look adorable.

Now, the note. The note is PURE genius and is what makes you so much FUN!

Howz that book coming?

Working Mommy said...

I have an award for you at my place!! Come on by when you get a minute!

~WM

MamaHen Em said...

The fact that you put an actual sign on his back just totally made my day!

Twins Squared said...

Glad to know I'm not the only one with this battle! Wasn't even 30 minutes ago I was going head to head with one of mine over what she was going to wear tomorrow. It doesn't matter to her that it's freezing outside! She's put together some crazy concoctions before too! Love the sign!

Ginny Marie said...

I'm going to make a similar sign the next time my 5 year old does her own hair! ;)

Juliana said...

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mudmama said...

love it! good for you for letting him express himself :)

Alicia said...

LOL...you are too funny!!!!!

And I'm so over worrying about non-matching clothes (well sometimes). I think it's cute when kids dress themselves!

wife.mom.nurse said...

I love your mommy style! LOL!

Kimberly said...

My son wanted to wear a paper crown everyday for weeks. If anything happened to his crown we had to make a new one. I think it was at least 6 weeks worth of paper bag crowns. He wore it everywhere!

Missy (Two Little Monkeys) said...

I love it!
The other day a older lady stopped my girls and asked which one was older and Emma replied Neither, we are twins (with a duh look on her face). The lady began to argue with Emma (by the way, Emma is right) but I thought, good luck lady, she rocks at arguing!
Landon has great style. Love the note!

Robin said...

Great sign...great idea...can we do that with older kids too..? I have a few signs I would put on my kids too..and hubby too..LOL..!!

Heather said...

You really do have to pick your battles, and matching clothing doesn't seem to be an important one. Noly makes a lot of odd clothing choices too.
He's a cutie!

Mrsbear said...

Sometimes you've got to choose your battles, mismatched clothes I can overlook, cookies for breakfast I might have to take a stand on.

He looks adorable though, pink pants and all.

My six year old is the opposite, he will wake me up to ask me which shirt matches his blue jeans. They ALL do, kid. Sigh.

Mandi said...

OMG... the sign on his back... I'm cracking up! I love it.

And ya know... he is just too darn precious! I think he can get away with wearing whatever his heart desires!!

yonca said...

Hahaa..cute sign! Whenever my son chooses a t-shirt himself asks me 'do i look cool mom?'

Creative Junkie said...

Be prepared, Helene, because it doesn't get any better when they get older. I decided a long time ago that it just isn't worth the battle. I've got bigger wars to fight.

Laura said...

Love your attitude! I wish I could be more laid back like you, but I guess I am too anal. Are you the same with Bella when she went through this phase?

Samantha said...

That is too funny! Thankfully, Bree hasn't reached that point yet. I don't know what I'll do when she does, because I am very OCD.

Jenna said...

How cute!!! Little H has most recently started picking out the clothes he wants to wear. And of course they don't match.

Little W problem is never wearing clothes, seriously I can't keep anything on that child, ugh!!

Merri Ann said...

I used to live in Petaluma ... I've seen people who never outgrew this ... of course none of them had a smile that cute.

So, really, on the bright side, if he never outgrows it he can just flash that smile and pretend it's just the latest fashion ...

Kaleena said...

LOVE the sign, it totally made me giggle!

Stephanie Faris said...

Either that or he'll be wearing pink tennis shoes when he's 30. Either way, as long as he's happy, I say go for it!

Dixiemom7 said...

Too cute & funny! He looks happy and confident in his choices so I think you're doing a good mommy job! I agree that you have to pick your battles and save your energy for the important things.

Karen said...

I've just got to know. Did he wear the sign? Or was that just for the picture? Cuz that was hilarious!

Holly said...

I love your sense of humor. The sign is so something I would do. My son became attached to giraffe slippers and wore them EVERYWHERE. I wanted to tape a sign to his back too. Thanks for stopping by and following...I'll be doing the same.
Holly

Erin said...

Love the sign on his back. Priceless. I think I may need to steal that idea.

kys said...

Ya gotta laugh. And he's so happy with himself, too. Who would say anything negative after seeing that smile?

Kim said...

Luckily if Connor wants to dress himself, he only has Ian's things to get into that wouldn't fit. He can't get to anyone else's dressers!

I love the note, that was awesome!

Flying Giggles and Lollipops said...

Love the sign...genius! I will have to remember that. My daughter is going through the same phase, choosing her own clothes and usually, not the outfits I approve of. To me, it is so not worth the battle. The funny thing is, for some reason, she mismatches pretty good, because a lot of people think her outfits look cute. I have no idea how she does it.

Kat @ www.TodaysCliche.com said...

Hey, Helene! Coming over from SITS. I, too, have 4 children... but had them within 5 years, not 2. Wowsers!! I am dying to know if there was fertility involved... doesn't obviously matter... but I'm ALWAYS AMAZED, AMAZED at stories like this! I also LOVED seeing all of the wash in the background of your kitchen... makes me FEEL NORMAL!!!

I'm so happy I came across your site. Moms to 4 children need to stay together.

Your post, and the sign you put on his back, CRACKS ME UP!!! LOVE IT!

I wrote a post yesterday about crusty boogers, and how when "I only had 1 child, I NEVER WOULD have let that happen!": http://todayscliche.com/2010/01/10/never-say-never-let-your-child-walk-around-like-that/

Rocketgurl said...

LMAO!! OMG! (Wiping tears from my eyes). That's frickin' hilarious!!
“Shhh, don’t say it too loudly. He’s color blind”.

OH, MY!!! LOL!! My sides hurts!! I'm in stitches.. He looks completely happy in his outfit with pink shoes.. Oh, man!! What a great laugh..

Yes, I guess you really do have to have a sense of humor and pick your battles. At least you got out of the house to do what you needed to!

Be sure to hold on to these pics for when he's older. He won't believe it unless he sees it for himself.

The Lane Family said...

My sister-in-law got tired of fighting with my neice and nephew every morning about what to wear to school...her motto was a lot like yours but she always said..well if the kids make fun of them for stinking or looking ridiculous then maybe they will care..it never worked until they became teenagers!!

I love the sign and so perfect for all of those nosy folks!!

Bethany said...

I'm all for kids dressing themselves-- we have kids at school who come in with crazzzy outfits and I find it hilarious. The note is perfect!

Zeemaid said...

That was just too funny. Did anyone comment on the note?

I have to say I frequently get my kids to change their clothes. O is not in the fighting about it stage and E likes to stomp around but I'm trying to meeting her half way and J... well she matches herself up pretty well, amazing enough. *L*

Jovial Jess said...

Lightning Mcqueen and the pink tennies! I think maybe he figured out how to get the beer in his own sippy cup...you are too funny. I'm new to the blogging scene..but I think I managed to subscribe...thanks for the hilarious stories!

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