My youngest likes to wear wellies with almost anything , and sunglasses indoors even on dark days, but that's cute in a Boden Catalogue sort of way. It's colourful and expressive and most importantly, reflects well on me as a lovely liberal and cool mum.
Nancy however is a different kettle of fish. At 4 she is very confident and sometimes downright willful She has expressed her opinions (loudly) since she started talking and likes to choose her own selection of clothes in the morning. This can be problem free - or at least minimal if we chose a dress, what could go wrong? The problems arise if we go for separates. One day last week she went to nursery in a pink and purple ethnic printed skirt ( think Monsoon Kids) with a neon pink t-shirt with flamingos on it, and a pair of orange and pink spotty tights, top this look off with sparkly light up baseball boots and you will see what I am up against!
The hair is another battle, she has fine wispy hair that only looks good when freshly brushed or tied up. One the pink explosion day in question she wanted to do her own hair and came up with a lovely side ponytail effort, but only using half of her hair so it looked more like a comb-over than a "do".
Nancy and her little sister Florence are embarking on their school careers this month at playgroup and reception year, so I suppose I should be glad of their self expression as the creativity will be knocked out of them soon enough when they get swallowed up by grey and navy school uniforms. I haven't broken the news to Nancy yet that when she get's into "Rainbows" she will be wearing a red track suit, nice.