Friday, March 6, 2009

A watered-down Punky Brewster!

My daughter is a little watered-down version of Punky Brewster. She dresses herself...and almost always picks out something bright and colorful.

She loves mixing stripes with polka dots.

So when it's time to get dressed for Pre-School...it's a battle to see who gets to win the dressing game.

I'm always telling her..."PeePs that doesn't match" or "Honey, you can wear THAT shirt when you get home...but you have to wear this one to school!"

I know I am probably hurting her creativity or repressing her inner child...but I can't help it!

Some outfits, I'll admit, are darling that she puts together. She almost ALWAYS picks a skirt or dress...and then some tights that are either polka dot or striped...it's usually the shirt we disagree on!!! This day...I made her wear a plain long sleeved green shirt...but she picked out the rest!



I asked if she would let me take her picture..."I have to take them on the tramp Mom or they won't work."





I'm sorry...as much as I TRIED to leave these shots AS they were shot from the CAMERA...I caved and edited this one...please don't think I'm being Photo Shop snobbish!

The only problem after she agrees to wear my solid shirts...is she WON'T let me put her hair up in some crazy messy buns or something cute like that.

She is JUST as stickler with her hair...she LOVES to wear it down or in a side pony or a pony tail with a braid!!!

She doesn't understand that with her funky sense of style the cute messy MICKEY MOUSE ear buns would be perfect...

AAAHHH Well...I guess I'll choose my battle's!

Is there a way to TRICK your kids into liking something they absolutely BELIEVE they don't like...like with PeeP's hair? I KNOW she would look so CUTE with those messy buns...but have YET to convince her of that...Any Tips?

Now go look at the other fun entries over at Candid Carrie's!

Love,

Shelle

24 comments:

Kristina P. said...

Ha! She does look like Punky! But much cuter.

Heidi Ashworth said...

Awesome photos of your little girl! I wish I lived close enough for you to snap my kids ... as for the secret to getting her to wear her hair the way you want, etc., you just have to pick your battles, more so with some kids than others. You might try asking her to try it, just for fun, when she's not going anywhere, just so you could both see what it would look like. Make it non-threatening. It's hard b/c I want to be all controlling about those things, too, but it can really backfire on ya. Kids! Who knew it would be so hard?

T said...

hair battles are a constant around my house - the 4 year old will currently ONLY wear her hair Mickey Mouse style and the 6 year old wants nothing but straight hair and headbands...

the problem here? 6 year old has INCREDIBLY frizzy hair - and 4 year old has thin lifeless hair...

ugh.

merrianne said...

those are such cute pictures! she is adorable!

This Mom said...

I do love her style and I agree messy buns would be great. My oldest daughter only wears dresses to church.

Barbaloot said...

Cute cute cute!! No way did I have cute fashion sense like that when I was a little kid. Actually, I don't even now. The other day as I was leaving the house my dad says, "Barbie, that doesn't match. Those are two different shades of blue."
Oops.

binks said...

As long as she isn't using scissors or gum for hair art, I wouldn't sweat the day to day stuff. Save it for when she needs to be super cute (as if she already wasn't)!
Or maybe bath time when you can try out cute little soap hairdos?

shannon said...

I've got some similar power stuggles here...
I do alot of reverse psycology--
"Wear whatever you want...I don't care anymore--I've given up trying"
You know...the guilt trip--something that we all know about--
It's been working for me lately...
I'm just waiting for them to call my bluff.

It's a good thing I don't drink (unless I have a cold and then I use that for an excuse to drink Nyquil like an after dinner apertif!)
My girls push every button I have (especially when it comes to the clothes department) They're only 4 and 6!

shannon said...

P.S.--I like the description if "watered down punky brewster"

I totally remember that show! I loved it! Too bad I don't love that she turned into a whore!
But that's neither here nor there.

sara said...

I love the last picture, even if that makes you a snob. Where do you get the striped tights? Do you think they would have any in adult sizes?

The Crash Test Dummy said...

Oh how cute. She's beautiful! I love that she dresses herself. Those brown boots are da bomb! And I love that you're a photo shop snob!

Channon said...

My 6 year old for the longest time wouldn't let me do her hair. She still argues sometimes, but you know what I did that worked?

"Honey you know... Mommy used to wear her hair like this when she was a little girl."
--Really? You did?
"Yep, I loved it!"
--I wanna do it too!

I know it won't work for long and it doesn't work all the time, but anytime I want to do something different for her that always works, lol!

roy/elisabeth dean said...

OMG...she is STINKIN' CUTE! Her hair really would be adorable in messy buns. What always worked around her (and still does with our 15 year old) is for DADDY to say he loved something. Maybe that would help.
And what is that I just read? Punky Brewster grew up to be a whore? Yikes!
♥,Lilly

Shannon said...

I love her sense of style! She's so cute!

We have hair battles here, too. My youngest refuses, refuses to do anything to her hair. No pigtails, ponytails... not even wearing a headband. Grrrr...

Blogging Mama Andrea said...

Cute pictures and I love her tights. She's got good fashion sense!

No idea on the hair, my Chick hasn't got enough to even put a barrette in.

John Deere Mom said...

She is super cute and looks adorable in the outfit! My daughter is crazy for the skirts and tights too...and they usually don't match. Since she's only going to daycare, I don't mind much. But I see major wardrobe battles in our future...

Candid Carrie said...

When messy buns were first invented I thought they looked terrible. All sloppy and crooked and lazy and slept in. Now I love them. It takes me a few years to get with the program. Now they will be on the way out and replaced with those Carrie Fischer braids from Star Wars and I will declare them "too controlled" and five years later I'll join in but it will be too late.

Thanks for playing again, Mrs. BlokThoughts

Carrie

Loralee and the gang... said...

my little granddaughter is the same way...and she's only 3!
:~D

brooken'dus said...

Oh man!! We are fighting the same dang fight!! Baby G is only 3 and will fight me all ready so I'm a little scared.......I let her wear the same dress for 3 days straight because I didn't want to fight!! GRRRR it's so hard to know wether to let them do their own thing and be creative or make them look decent?? HUMMMM So if you see my daughter and she looks like a bum you know why.....because I lost the fight! :(

Susan said...

She is absolutely georgous. Great pics!

Pancake said...

Way cuter than punky brewster ever was!

Michele Horne said...

With 3 girls, I have totally given up the hair battle (well the baby has no hair yet.) I could put in the cutest piggy tails and they inevidable go around the corner and take it down! Arggghhh.

Darcie - Such The Spot said...

I always love, love, love your pictures. She is a doll, a punkyesque doll though. So cute.

I used to have one that would only were dresses. Now, at 14, she won't go anywhere near them. I miss the little version of her. :)

Natalie Sue said...

She is so cute! And it's cause she has that gorgeous long hair! I didn't know it was so long. She's adorable. It made me laugh cause when I was watching our friend's four year old last week, I made the mistake of letting her dress herself. Christmas shirt, Khaki skirt, blue striped leggins and pink argyle socks. :)

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