There is a reason for all this weirdness. I know you’re thinking “WHAT?!” Most days we are so crazy busy around here with food prep and running more than one business and kids and the dogs and supplements out the whazoo, it is just easier to let Taryn dress herself. And it is ALWAYS interesting. I’ll be totally honest and say it doesn’t bother me nearly as much as it would if *I* were the one to bring her to school each day. But Jase does drop off and most days he just shakes his head and smiles as they head out the door. But each day in carpool the lady who calls the kids names out to the ramp gives me a big thumbs up if Taryn’s outfit was something special that day. I love that. There were times when we first started to let her dress herself I’ve wanted to wear a sign around my neck that says “I did not dress the girl” but now I figure most moms know. I love what she picks out truly. So fun to see her express herself and I figure there is such a very small time in her life that she won’t be focused on what others think of her or be worried about how she looks. What a completely free feeling that must be. So we embrace it. Well, in the effort of full disclosure, “we” does not include Ty, he does not embrace it. He’s just downright embarrassed by it. He’s 13 though, he’s embarrassed by the mere fact we all exist so whatever. Annnnyway, Miss T dressing herself is something I never want to forget and I know I’ll kick myself if I don’t document it so for the next 7 days I’ll take a snapshot of her each morning, having received no help from us in picking out her clothes. Should be an interesting week. I’ll report back, with photos.
ps – Duder had to get in on this one. Love the rice cake, laundry basket and shoes on the wrong feet. Totally not intentional but perfectly imperfect.
I just love the fact that she has black and white striped leggings in her wardrobe!
When my daughter was preschool age I made a pin for her to wear on those days that said, “i dressed myself” as to make her proud that she did it and to let everyone know I had nothing to do with it.
Freedom of expression is a priceless lesson!
you are so awesome and so right, i get all embarrassed when my daughter dresses herself but who cares! love this: “there is such a very small time in her life that she won’t be focused on what others think of her or be worried about how she looks”.
When I saw the picture, before I read the post, I thought “Wow. Cool outfit!” 🙂 I hope I can always be as open to Addie’s creativities as you are to Taryn’s. Addie’s only two and she already likes picking out her own clothes. Some days I’ll ask her what color she wants to wear and she always answers by yelling “POLKADOTS!” at me. 🙂 Today she’s wearing a multicolored polkadot sweatshirt over a purple t-shirt, pink pants, and teal socks. Awesome!
I love that you do this – and she comes up with some fabulous outfits. I will definitely be looking forward to the “Fashionista Week in pictures”!!
I just came across your blog about a week ago and I had to comment on this post because I just recently posted a photo on my blog of my daughter after she dressed herself. She was wearing all polka dots: dress, long sleeve shirt under the dress, leggings and socks. I love it, and I am so glad to see other girls just as proud and crazy as my girl!
This is a great picture and really shows their personalities. Taryn has such a cute sense of style.
Teagan looks HUGE!!!!! He’s grown so much!! And I am totally in love with Taryn’s style!
I have my own little girl who dresses the exact same way and I have often commented to friends about wearing a sign around my neck! She is almost 9 and shows no sign of stopping this quirk of hers. I have grown to embrace it, I still shake my head of course but it’s too cute to be bothered by it!