Does your toddler love playing dress up? I know mine does.
She can transform from a bed-headed toddler to a fairy princess faster than you can say bibbidi-bobbidi-boo.
She has hats and little white gloves for tea parties, a grass skirt and lei (for when she’s feeling tropical) and even a bridal veil.
And not to be limited by traditional gender roles, occasionally she plays dress up in her brothers’ old superhero costumes.
I love watching her imagination run wild as she steps into character.
But can I tell you something that I’m not a fan of? Having a battle of wills with my toddler when I need her to take off the tutu and tiara and run an errand where costumes aren’t appropriate.
It’s not that I never let her out of the house dressed as Belle from Beauty and the Beast or wearing an outlandish cowgirl costume (complete with holster and water gun). Sometimes, though, I just don’t want to be so conspicuous. Sometimes I don’t feel like doing battle with layer upon layer of sequined tulle to get my daughter strapped in her carseat.
There’s nothing more pathetic than a fairy princess throwing a temper tantrum in the produce section, am I right?
That’s why I’ve searched Etsy- my favorite destination for all things hand-made- for costumes that won’t cause me to say naughty words under my breath but would still make my little cowgirl happier than a hen at a hootenanny.
Because that’s a thing now. I just made it up.
Mary Lauren Weimer is a social worker turned mother turned writer. Her blog, My 3 Little Birds, encourages moms to put down the baby books for a moment and tell their own stories. Connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.
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