As a mother of four children it is easy to assume shopping with a tween is an easy task for me. After all, I’ve spent the past 19 years shopping for one child or another at various stages of growth. I must admit, however, shopping for the pre-teen is not fun. Some things have remained true throughout my 19 years of mom/child shopping excursions… kids have opinions. Very strong opinions. Often these opinions are counter to mom’s opinions.
My first daughter is now an adult but I remember clearly the battles fought in the store over what is appropriate and acceptable versus “what is in”. Fast forward 11 years and I find myself in the store, in the same battle with my last child who is eight going on twenty-five!
Some things never change. Fortunately, I’ve learned how to “negotiate” an appropriate wardrobe for each child. A wardrobe we both can live with and like.
My recent outing to the mall was to purchase summer clothing for my eight year-old daughter. Like so many other children her age schoolmates and television are huge influences. I am heavily influenced by my desire to keep her a child as long as possible and not let her grow up too fast!
Our trip was painful but successful! I am willing to take the pain if in the end she has learned how to dress herself in a fun and appropriate manner. Yes, shopping is a learning lesson for mom and child!
I am so excited by what we found! The colors this year are sweet, soft pastels; polka dots; stripes; and pretty floral prints. It is all so feminine! I wished I could find some of these pieces in my size!
On of my favorite outfits. The top is adorable. I love the soft minty blue and pretty pink flowers. It is longer so no mid-rift or tummy showing. I also loved that it has a little ’80’s vibe with the cinched shoulders. It is adorable with the ombre blue capri pants or a cute pair of pink shorts.
Never fear fellow moms. Shopping can be safe and fun if you keep to your standards. Our girls can look stylish, cute, and age-appropriate!
Au Revoir — Tammi