My toddler is a fashionista

I think one of the most interesting parts of being a parent to my toddler is watching her emerging fashion sense. She, unlike me, has a clear idea about “her style.” She, unlike me, is very bold and really seems to get what looks good on her body. If I had to describe her style, I’d say it’s like a cross between a prima ballerina and Madonna of the 80s. She likes leotards and tutus and hats and bracelets and necklaces and leggings and dresses, lots and lots of dresses.

Her favorite dress up until a month ago was red, white, and blue.

It was long and had this bow that ties in the front that she would ask to be tied in the back every single time. Every morning she would ask for this dress by saying “Mommy? Princess dress?”

“Again!?!” I always ask, even though I knew the answer.

“Yes! Again! Again!”

This was the routine for a month. For a month, my daughter probably wore that dress three times a week.

“I don’t think she’ll ever get tired of this dress,” I often would say to myself in washing it and contemplating all the other, more beautiful clothes that sat idle in her closet.

But I didn’t fight her wearing the dress.

When you’re parenting a toddler you learn very quickly about these things called “parenting battles.” They are tiring and exhausting.

The red, white, and blue dress and that my toddler wanted to wear it every single day? That was my parenting battle. It was a battle that I learned through many late mornings and tears that wasn’t worth fighting.

I reminded myself of this every day last month, every day that she would beg to wear it because it made her happy.

And now, a month later, she’s over that dress and onto three others. This time I’m wiser, however. This time I know that this phase of her fashionista demands is fleeting. It will end…someday.

Does your toddler prefer to wear a certain outfit everyday?


Jessica lives in the Washington, DC metropolitan area with her husband and two girls. Once upon a time, pre-motherhood, she did many things as a “serious-looking” woman who managed to successfully balance a reality TV addiction with a career and academic pursuits. She's now a serious-acting woman whose primary job is raising her children. She writes, reads, fantasizes about minivans, and takes midday naps. She enjoys (among many other things) dancing to 80s music, photography, laughing out loud (at, usually, inappropriate moments), and writing about writing, being a writer, and becoming fearless on her blog Jessica F. Hinton


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