October 28, 2008

Pants

I had no reason to worry: the process of transitioning Camber from dresses and skirts to long pants went as smooth as silk.

"Everyone is wearing pants today," I announced before my star students got out of their beds this morning. Before my daughter could say "No way, Jose!" I added, "It's not an option: it's snowing."

The long moan that came from the pink bedroom turned into a loud shriek once its occupant realized that while she was sleeping, I had removed all of the beloved short-sleeved muumuus from her dresser drawers.

The loud shriek escalated into an angry yell when, after ten minutes, I informed the pants hater that her failure to get dressed was causing her to miss breakfast.

By the time that the hideously ugly, itchy, scratchy, sweaty jeans made their way onto my daughter's body, breakfast was over and school gear was being assembled. Due to the fact that she had trouble keeping her hands to herself , Camber had to put her socks and shoes on in the corner.

"I'm never wearing these pants again!" she screamed.

I decided that it wasn't the best time to tell my daughter that because of her 45 minute temper tantrum, she was going to have the privilege of wearing the exact same pair of pants to school all week.

41 comments

The Wixom Zoo said...

Yep, that's my daughter, Emma, almost every morning. We argue about jeans or skirts and jeans always win. Only because she told me once that her teacher got after her for "not sitting like a little lady." I felt kind of like the Soup Nazi when I said, "NO MORE SKIRTS FOR YOU!!!"

P.S. I'm glad to see that Cameron's home. :)

Riahli said...

I really enjoy reading your blog. Hopefully the second day of pants will not be as hard as the first...30 minutes instead of 45?

Cuddles, Kisses & Tantrums said...

My daughter is 8 and we have been fighting over pants since she was 15 months old. I am in Florida and today was our first cold morning so out came the pants for the first time as well. I'm glad to know that I am in good company!

I'm so glad that Cameron is home and doing so well. Congratulations!

Rachel said...

Hee hee, my daughter has been refusing to wear any pants that aren't tight enough to display her 'hoo ha.' Of course, these all disappeared while she was at grandmas, and now she actually has to breathe comfortably. Oh, the abuse she suffers!

Steph @ Diapers and Divinity said...

oh wow, luckily my daughter has been a victim of an overly frumpy mom and she thinks skirts are only for Sundays. Maybe you can teach her that little "who wears the pants in the family" saying and make her feel authoritative.

And welcome home (yours, of course) to Cameron.

Renny said...

Once my sister wore this dirty torn up sweater to school after my mom told her not to. She was in kindergarten and hid it underneath her jacket. She thought my mom would never know. Good thing the elementary school was across the street from where we lived and my mom saw her on the playground during recess. She was forever shamed. If it hadn't been snowing outside I'd say let her wear the muumuu in the cold and see how much she still loved it.

Carrie said...

Ah yes, the transition from shorts/short sleeves, dresses to long sleeves and pants. Always an interesting time of year!

Karen said...

I too am a member of the daughters who hate pants club. Thank goodness if I allow it the majority of the time on the few occasions (hey we live in Florida) I ask her to wear jeans she will.

Liz said...

Boy oh boy... girls and clothes. It will never end. My daughter's nine and we do the same thing EVERY morning, her thing is there is never ANYTHING to wear of course.

SO jealous of the SNOW! You know we never see anything good here in NC! SO jealous!

Me said...

That's Awesome! I can't wait to hear how the rest of the week goes...

gigi said...

Grand daughter is the same way, I'm just glad leggings are in. We got a pair to match her little dresses and she's as happy as can be!

jenj22 said...

It is good to hear, I'm not the only one going through these tough times. We argue daily about what to wear to kindergarten. Life is tough when your 5.

Likes Chocolate said...

Maybe, I should be grateful for three boys. However, I have the opposite problem not dresses but getting boys to be leave the house clean. They would go without a bath forever if I would let them

Makayla said...

Well... at least getting ready for church shouldn't be a problem.

DESJ and Company said...

tights? leggings?
my daughter doesn't wear pants either and we've compromised on tights and leggings under her skirts. She's fine.

Shaken Mama said...

We've been toying with the idea of relocation, but we've nixed a few location possibilities because Chebbles would probably have to wear PANTS there. Thank goodness we live in California, for the time being, where we'll pay all the extra taxes and deal with the weirdos, just so I don't have to fight the pants fight.

Those a cute jeans, though.

Marissa said...

My daughter is the same way. We also have continual fights over down-sleeve-shirts (ie. long sleeves). She beleives they are all made by the devil himself.

Marissa said...

BTW, I love the spiders on the walls. :-)

Leslie said...

Hi Jana! Holy cow - I haven't been able to read your blog in a while and wow - a new baby! Congrats on your newest addition. Cameron is absolutely beautiful and I'm glad to hear that he's home now and doing well.

mommyofthree said...

Ah, memories. Two of mine were the exact same way.

Anonymous said...

Life is way to short for these types of power struggles. Why in the world can't she wear thick tights or leggings with her dresses? Even a turtleneck under the dresses, if they are her favorite?

Babs said...

as a kid I used to fight to wear these awful brown cordoroy pants, my mom-why cant you be more girlie?! I remember stuffing a dress into a snow suit on the days she would win. now my 2.5 yr old BOY fights to wear only "Fuzzy pants" meaning he looks like my jobless brother-in-law everyday.

Nikki said...

Ah - the ever present outfit fights in the morning. I struggle between two choices: let my daughter dress herself every day and experience the cold, in addition to taking pictures and embarrassing her in the years to come : OR: take away all her clothes and just leave the ones I approve of.....choices, choices

(for a minute there I honestly thought those spiders were real!)

Ally in Wonderland said...

Whatever you do, make sure to take pictures of her outfits (which probably won't match) and humiliate her when she's in high school/college with these clothing choices. Kids love that. The really love when you show up at their dorm with said photos and show them to eager dormmates.

Malea said...

Hmm, so does that mean that I can use dresses as a form of discipline on my four boys? Excellent.

Malea said...

ps, I cant remember if I thanked you since I used your burying bad habits idea for my FHE. The comments on the evening ranged from "that was amazing", to "mom, this is just creepy".

aironn said...

I have a son that is just as difficult to please. His pants have to be just so. Not too loose in the waist, just the right length, the pockets in the perfect place and size....the list goes on and on. He actually wore the same pair of pants all week to school but with three other boys to battle, I didn't notice this week. Kids and clothes.

Abra said...

Hilarious! I love it.
My friend last year removed all her daughter's clothing from her closet and made her wear her same outfit for a week.
Her daughter had made the complaint that she "had nothing to wear" at 8 years old! So my friend proved to her what that actually meant.

And, I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who sticks their kids noses in corners.
btw, that spider totally freaked me out (the little one, by the time I'd scrolled to the big one, I had it figured out.)

Kelly said...

Don' t bother washing them either.

janaemadsen said...

I never realized some kids hate pants. I don't like Danielle wearing pants- It takes longer to change her diaper.

cathy said...

Wow - you ARE the meanest mom! Just kidding! I think that we've all BTDT. Good luck - hopefully she'll learn a good lesson and won't complain about wearing pants after this week!

HM said...

Oh, I remember those days well! I especially remember the outfits that were loved in the store, that were necessary to any continued existence on this planet and were suddenly evil and horrendous after we brought them home. I also remember how fun it was to let the girls pick out fabric and patterns, spend the time sewing exactly what they wanted, and then they suddenly didn't like it anymore. And didn't want to wear it. (Mean mom that I am, I made them wear it anyway!)

What I find hilarious is that she had no trouble showing off those cute jeans on Sunday!

My Ice Cream Diary said...

Sounds like the time I FORCED my daughter to wear a coat. Oh, and I'm sorry I haven't been commenting, but I've been reading, captivated by all that goes on in your home and so glad your baby is home.

P.S. I want spiders on my wall!

togetherforgood said...

Man. I have never really had to fight with my kids about clothes. You make me realize the vast uncharted territories of parenting that still await me . . .

Mrs. Incredible said...

Man, you really ARE The Meanest Mom.

I think I love you.

Corey
www.watchingthewaters.wordpress.com

Latu-Vaki Family said...

I usually have a problem getting my son to wear clothes!We live in the tropics so no need for warm clothes, but he is 2 and loves to take his clothes off and just walk around infront of our house!

that girl said...

I know it's been said, but I'll reiterate:

Pick your battles. If you have power struggles over really small things (like pants vs. skirt) you won't have clout when something big comes along. Just let her wear tights or leggings under her dress. Or, meanest mom, you should know this..let her be cold a couple of days. Maybe she'll end up choosing pants on her own.

Suzanne said...

We have the opposite problem. Come Sunday mornings, I have to empty my daughter's drawers of jeans... lest she show up to church in all denim and Hello Kitty.

Jana said...

Ah...so glad that I'm not the only one who endures clothing battles.

I appreciate all of the "pick your battles" comments mostly because I completely agree! I have no problem letting my precious darling wear skirts to school in the winter, but since she refuses to wear tights (they are just as disgusting as long pants), she freezes in her classroom and I get semi-nasty notes sent home from her teacher saying things like "It's important for your child to dress appropriately" and the like. See my dilemma?!

If only I lived in Florida...

Amy said...

You just made me way more happier then I should for being in Cali! My fashion diva were's only dresses and skirts and has to be bribed to wear pants.

She tells me that is what tights are for mom!

Meagan and John said...

I only have a b skirts vs pants is not a battle I have had to fight recenly, I hated skirts so it was more pants vs skirts at our house, but I did once nanny a little girl, and I am a huge pick your battles person, but she use to wear these skits and expose her panties all day long, and let me tell you I may be a pick your battles kind of girl and indecent exposure is one of those battles i will pick--I am all for the pants Meanest mom, because skirts are only good for one thing--exposing the panties, well that and goin to church in, with shorts underneath ofcourse