Late in my childhood, I heard my dad explain to multiple people that he told my brothers and I NO even when he would normally say yes just to keep us on our toes. Well, last week I told my 5 yr old NO because I wanted her to work on understanding what it is like to not always get what you want when you want it! She of course got upset and a few days later tried to bring her Grandad (my FIL) into the situation.
K had been bouncing around different ideas of what she wanted to be for Halloween for a few weeks. Every couple of days she would pick a different princess, but it was always one she did not have dress-up dresses, crowns, or other accessories for already. I realized her actually Halloween costumes never seem to be used again, especially the wigs, which she only wears for about 10 minutes, so honestly I feel it is a waste of money to buy something new every year.
Then she was being very selfish about toys and was not sharing well with her 2 yr old sister, so when she brought up her final decision for her costume I said, “No!” I went on to explain that the way she was treating her sister did not make me want to get her anything new, and I decided to throw in that she had not been keeping her room picked up….and did not seem to appreciate what she already had…yada yada yada. She went off to her room crying and I started second guessing my decision, sound familiar?
The next time the topic of Halloween costumes came up, I told her she was going to have to be creative with what she already has whether it be from her dress-up stash or old dance recital costumes. Like I mentioned before, she made one more attempt at getting her way by dragging her Grandad into the conversation, but I tried to reassure him that we did not need/want him to buy an Aurora costume. My husband informed me I may not have been clear enough and wasn’t sure if I had changed my mind; however, Halloween is two days away and no new costume has arrived.
Finally, K decided she could just wear her Elsa dress and I would braid her hair. I decided to try to make it a little more exciting for her, so I surprised her last night by doing her fingernails with Jamberries and painted her toenails blue to match. Yes, I said toe nails. We live in Texas and she wore sandals with her dress. I even let her wear some white glittery eye shadow to school for her Fall Festival today.
I am just hoping Little Bit gets over her nasty cold, and K doesn’t end up with the crud too, so we can all enjoy our weekend. Plus, I want the 2 yr old to wear my “vintage” Strawberry Shortcake costume my mom made me over 30 years ago. What makes something vintage anyways?!?
Happy Fall Y’all