I adore every single thing about her. (my husband is an especially big fan). I love that she has her own style — the best way to describe it is “sporty.” My parents and my in-laws refer to it as being a tomboy. And I suppose they are correct. She has never taken to Barbies or the dozens of dolls she was gifted over the years. She loves soccer. And softball. And basketball. And football. And running and jumping and playing outside. The exceptions: her American Girl Dolls and the bazillions of stuffed animals that punctuate her room.
You know what else she DOESN’T love? The color pink. And dressing up.
But sometimes the occasion requires it. (not the color pink, but dressing up) Like family pictures. Or the holidays. And she and I have to find a way to work together.
Because I said so.
Here are my five tips for Dressing Your (Sporty) Tomboy for the Holidays.
Get her involved: Shop Together. I found that involving Delaney in the process — first warning her that the occasion to dress up was coming and then making sure she knew I was going to be a dictator about it really help to keep us happy with each other. For the outfit you see there? The skirt, sweater, tights and headband are all Target style — and we both loved everything about it.
Comfort is key: So is compromise. Delaney prefers skirts to dresses, but doesn’t love tights. Living in a colder weather state, she knows she needs SOMETHING on her legs, so we a) opt for leggings or b) make a deal: she starts the night out in tights and if we are staying inside, she can take them off once she has been presentable for the better part of the occasion.
Incorporate something from her style: If she loves her hair up, keep it that way. Do a nice ponytail and include a headband.
It is all about the shoes: Don’t force fancy uncomfortable shoes. Period. It will keep her smile longer and you will hear far less whining and complaining. (This might be where you compromise)
When in doubt — bribery works: Sometimes, you might just have to give more than a little. If she hates skirts and dresses, she can’t find acceptable shoes or boots she can tolerate and it is a struggle to find something clean — opt for bribery.
I’m sure one of your goals for holiday events, as it is mine, is to have a peaceful, enjoyable time — one where everyone is smiling and happy. Forcing my small girl (or my small dude, for that matter) into clothing that makes them miserable will guarantee a less than perfect night. Incorporating her in the process keeps everyone happy.
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