I love clifford, the big red dog!!!

Gabe was not in the mood to have his picture taken (he usually isn’t for the record), so I hurried and snapped these picture of him. Had to add the next pic so you can see ┬áhis costume with the hat.

Gabe was so excited when I found this Clifford costume for him at a garage sale for a quarter. I explained that he could wear it for Halloween, but he insisted that he put it on right that second and wear it the good portion of the day. If you may recall from another post, when Gabe is asked what he wants to be when he grows up, he almost always smiles and says a dog. He sure does adore that Clifford and his pal Emily Elizabeth. Gabe wore his costume strawberry picking, to run an errand with Chris, and to a baby shower with me. I finally insisted that he take it off at the shower, because the room was too hot. When I told Gabe that he could wear the costume for the day, I told him that he could wear it just for this one day wherever he wanted, and then we will put it away for Halloween. He was asking for it again today, so I am thinking that it will need to disappear as a Clifford costume is not super practical in the hot summer (or I guess in general).

I was chatting with a friend awhile ago who told me about how one day when she took her daughter out in public who had creatively dressed herself and insisted that her mom put 10 pony tails in her hair, she overheard another mom whispering to a friend :”Oh my gosh, I would never let me kid leave the house looking like that!” Apparently people have an opinion on the matter (or at least those moms did). So my question for you all…. Have your kids ever insisted on wearing the same piece of clothing over and over again or a funny costume in public? How do you handle it? Are you okay with it all of the time, or do you set certain conditions upon it? I just didn’t have the energy to get in a power struggle over something that didn’t seem very important in the moment, but we will see how I feel if he decides that he wants to be Clifford everyday. I’d love to hear your experiences and what you all think!

EmmaJ - June 28, 2011 - 5:24 am

Betty is my only child old enough to have an opinion about this so far and the only thing she asks to wear in this way are tutus. Specifically two pink tutus over leggings. I don’t mind her wear them so much except that the one is torn a little. I get her to take them off if we go our though, partly because of how they look, but also because I can’t buckle her car seat easily with them on. In fact, she is wearing them today.

Sonia - June 28, 2011 - 8:29 am

I LOVE it when I see a creatively dressed little one out and about. It always makes me smile! I love that the parent is allowing the child to independently express him/herself. My little lady is just 18 mo and I’ve started letting her choose some of her clothes, and it’s created some pretty funky getups!

Katrina - June 28, 2011 - 9:06 am

If Lizzy is willing to dress herself, I don’t care what she wears. This morning she pulled out a pair of pants that are too short and a long sleeved shirt. I suggested she pick out pants that fit and a shirt that would be more comfortable, but she refused, and I am okay with that. As long as she’s modest and picks her clothes from the drawer instead of the dirty clothes hamper.

Kara Jimenez - June 28, 2011 - 12:00 pm

I generally let my kids go out in whatever clothes they want. Victor has left the house several times dressed as superman and once in footsie pajamas and boots. I’ve never heard anyone say anything bad about it but I have seen people point at him and say “how cute!”

I do insist that they wear clean clothes.

adrienne w - June 28, 2011 - 2:51 pm

Having 3 girls and only 1 boy, you’d think we’d have a lot of clothes drama, but the only one who really cares about what is worn is Thatcher! He’s a little bit of a fashionista. Like his dad. He likes to make sure everything matches, though he hasn’t quite got the idea that busy and busy don’t go well together. In general though, he’s pretty good at it. Macartney is all about comfort (like her mom!) and hates to wear jeans. She sometimes says “I’m going to go pick out my clothes and don’t be mad about what I pick.” I don’t actually get mad, but sometimes I try to get her to wear clothes that match to school. And I sometimes insist on clothes being weather appropriate (like no shorts when it’s below freezing). They also all have to wear appropriate clothes to church. Which church clothes they pick is fine, but it has to be church clothes. So far my kids aren’t very adventurous with their fashion, but I’m sure they will be. I don’t care what other parents think. I think that you can spot the kids whose parents DO care and they look cute, but not always practical for playing in the dirt.

juliette - June 28, 2011 - 8:05 pm

Cute! One of my cousins I used to babysit wore nothing but bathing suits morning, noon and night for almost the whole time she was two. Lucky she was raised in Florida; that would be a fight here. Nobody did anything to stop her and I guess you could say she turned out fine. I don’t care what my kids wear, as you can tell by looking at them, and hideous items, like some powder blue sweats with holes in them that Trevor insisted on wearing, mysteriously disappear.

Wendy M - June 28, 2011 - 8:38 pm

Allison has the same Clifford costume…we should get a pic of them together in their matching costumes!
My rule for my kids is they can pretty much wear anything around the house (or just wear underwear, which is what they usually prefer!) When we go somewhere, they have to wear something from their “good clothes” drawer (unless it’s the park or somewhere that is dirty.) I struggle with Brenden wanting to wear the exact same clothes all the time (I guess I shouldn’t do the laundry every day and he wouldn’t have that option!) Overall, though, I’d say I’ve relaxed about quite a bit…look around Corvallis and you can tell most people really don’t care. :-)

kara - June 28, 2011 - 8:49 pm

I like the rule that if you can’t buckle your carseat with the outfit, then you can’t wear it out :).
So I guess you probably weren’t the one making that rude comment that my friend overheard :)??
You are very chill, so this doesn’t surprise me. I like the clean clothes rule Katrina and Kara.
Gabe is definitely the one to be more particular too. I can’t wait until he fits into Denver’s leather pants someday :)
I don’t know why but your “I guess she turned out fine,” made me laugh. I wonder if that is what people say about me :)
I agree that most people around here wouldn’t turn a head.

Michelle - June 29, 2011 - 10:55 am

My 2-yr-old niece has sometimes worn a dragon costume around town for the day. I think it’s really cute :)

Sunny - June 29, 2011 - 3:29 pm

I think if you are just running around town it is fine. We set limits for certain places: school, church, events, etc. This is most important for shoes ie. no dress up shoes to the park. If it is weather appropriate and reasonably clean I usually let it go. Tim let Liam wear a bunny costume to church once in exchange for Liam going to the nursery.