byJasleen Kaur GuptaMay 13, 2017 #momtales 2 Likes
It started when she was barely one, I used to pull out a couple of options and always ask her which one she wanted. She looked carefully and grabbed one. As she grew up, it got tough. She chose everything she wanted to wear and try as I may I couldn’t convince her otherwise. She spend my sister’s wedding in her pyjamas. I had created a monster. We went through “I will only wear T-shirts” to “I will only wear dresses,” in about a year’s time. And as my mum and friends to my utter frustration pointed out, I had called this upon myself, because now I couldn’t get her to wear what I wanted. She would dress herself and while I admit it hasn’t been easy, I certainly would do it all over again and here’s why:
I’m not saying this is the right parenting technique, but I know first-hand the things it has taught her and continues to teach her. She opens her chest of drawers to pick her own outfit, selects her shoes and even hair accessories to go with it. The independence that comes with it is a welcome respite for me as well. Raising a stubborn 3-year-old is not easy but when you accept that she is like any other adult in your life, it’s easy to see her side of the story and give her the right to choose. That is my gift to her and I hope she always chooses wisely.
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