I have 4 kids, 3 of which are girls with very strong opinions about what they wear, yes, even the 5 year old wants a say in her clothing. It can be frustrating. We often collide over how I want them to look and how they see themselves. Forcing them into my vision of how I want them to look on picture day almost always has disastrous consequences like pouty faces, bad attitudes, and general misbehavior. Just take this example from one Sunday morning. I thought she looked adorable in her smocked dress. She hated it. Can you tell?
So what do you do when your vision collides with your child’s? Here are some things that have worked for me.
1. If it’s in your budget use it as an opportunity to do some fun shopping together. New outfits are somehow way more fun to wear than old ones.
2. Let go of the idea of that adorable dress she never wants to wear. She has her own style and personality. Let it show in the family photos.
3. Lay all the choices out and let the kids express opinions.
Picture day should be enjoyable. You’ll get real smiles and have a nicer memory for both of you if the day is filled with anticipation and fun instead of fights and struggles. Make it easy on yourself and your child.
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