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Before I had kids I knew everything about motherhood and raising kids. I was basically an expert (or at least I thought so). I also thought I would be the only one doing the teaching. Unfortunately, in the few short years since I became a mother, it has become evident that they are going to teach me as much as I teach them. Recently I am getting schooled in the art of learning to let go.
It is evident in so many ways that I was meant to be a girl mom. I could spend hours scouring the internet or shops looking for the perfect outfit and accessories for holidays to photo shoots to just every day looks. I pride myself on their fashion, mainly because mine tends to be lacking. But let’s be honest, dressing kids is fun. Everything looks cute, it always fits, its fun to wash and fold and hang. I understand part of a mother-daughter relationship revolves around children wanting to pick out their own clothes and expressing their own personal style while thinking mom doesn’t know what she is talking about. Sorry, mom. Unfortunately for me, I assumed I had many more years before having to remove “Toddler Stylist” off my business cards. Here I am slowly letting go of some of that control. Slowly.
At 3 and 5 both of my girls have become quite verbal in their disdain for what I lay out the night before. They have also started to ask to go shopping because they didn’t like any of the clothing hanging in their closet. On the bright side of things, yay, I finally have my shopping partners! But it wasn’t supposed to happen so early. So after years of hand-me-downs that worked so well because the seasons and sizes lined up perfectly, we have started down an unfamiliar path and navigating this foreign land of child-led shopping. After a relatively long, cold, and dreary Nashville winter, they asked to go shopping, and I quickly obliged. Let’s get out of a winter funk and add some color and pattern to our lives.
Off to OshKosh B’Gosh we went. If shopping with kids isn’t your thing they, of course, they have an amazingly intuitive website for you to navigate on your own. But if interested in finding a store nearby, you can check HERE.
One of my most favorite things about spring and summer apparel is the need for less of it. No need for layering and bundling resulting in laundry day is less daunting. One thing that is so fun to watch is how personal style preferences are evident in children at such an early age. My oldest is more sporty and into comfort than my youngest who wants to be as extra and fancy as possible. Thankfully OshKosh has both of them covered with plenty of options to fit their personal style. Not to mention, they have me covered because they have pieces that easily transition from the classroom to playdates, to Easter celebrations, to vacation all at an amazing value.
Dressing the Sporty Kid
Springtime essentials for the sporty kid include graphic t-shirts and shorts. The great thing about the t-shirts is that they can be dressed up with a fun skirt or overalls for vacation or holiday celebrations. Then trade out the skirt for shorts to hit the monkey bars at the playground. As evident in the pictures below, even a sporty kid wants a skirt that twirls.
Dressing the Fancy Kid
This is typically a little more work. Because even though dressing up is their favorite, so is playing in the creek when everyone else heads in. Another mantra we have is the bigger the twirl the better and she will need to test out a dresses twirl-ability in the dressing room before making a final decision as well as hourly throughout the day just in case a dress or skirt loses it twirl. This OshKosh Cross-Backed Heart Dress was instant love at first sight. With the adorable flutter sleeve, adjustable straps, and sweet red hearts she’s been wearing it non-stop. She paired it with Glitter Clogs that I want in my size. Keep your eye out for me.
Every now and then they think my suggestions are ok and actually like what I pick out. I noticed the Lets Taco Bout It and since she can’t read yet she would have totally missed it. But after me pointing it out she scooped it up. My love for tacos runs deep and I am hoping to pass this along. Paired with the Pull-On Sun Short she is ready to tackle a school day that leads to a trip to the local milkshake shop.
My youngest (the fancy one) refuses to love overalls as much as I do. She doesn’t do jeans so she just can’t see past the leg of an overall. So when she came running up to me in with this eyelet jumper I was so happy. She grabbed a My Bestie is a Mermaid tee with sparkles to go under.
I don’t foresee shopping with girls is going to get easier over time, but hopefully, I will just get more used to letting go and letting them make decisions. They did really well and I can’t wait to go again.
Of course, since you made it to the end of my ramblings, I feel like you deserve a thank you for the support.