Riley's always been fashion forward, but it's really kicking into high gear latly. She pitched a fit in the backseat recently because she found a pair of socks that matched her outfit better and wanted them changed right away. I wish I were kidding. If something (even water) spills on her shirt she cries until you change it. She even dictates what color Mommy or Daddy should wear sometimes. She's got her own style. I just try to follow her lead.
Now she picks out her clothes if I don't beat her to it and if I do she has strong opinions. That's all fine. I like that she cares because in all the years of raising her brother he has NEVER bothered to match or change a dirty shirt. It's refreshing. Except that now she wants multiple wardrobe changes a day. I indulged it once. The next time I rode out the fits when I refused.
It's clear this will be a consistent issue for a while so I knew a middle ground had to be reached. My laundry, back and sanity refuse to change her complete outfit, shoes and barette more than once a day. I decided I need to get on the ball about picking out her clothes. Maybe start choosing them the night before. On top of that I told her I'd give her two choices in the morning.
That way she feels in control, but there's one outfit a day barring spills or weather change. I just had this brilliant idea so we haven't made it part of the routine yet. Cross your fingers...