She'll spend obscene amounts of times trying to perfect certain hairstyles, and she's swiped all of my excess makeup to practice different looks. Of course, it's fine to wear in the house, but at almost 12, she's not allowed to leave with any of it still on her face. She seems to be in such a hurry to grow up, but I'm forcing her to stay my baby just a little longer. We've had to do a little compromising so she feels that she has a little freedom over her own look, but at the same time, it's mom approved. Here's how we compromise:
She wanted to dye her hair white like Elsa's. I told her she could learn to use the flat iron instead.
She wants to wear makeup. I allow a lightly tinted lip balm.
She wanted wedge shoes. I directed her towards slouchy boots that would look good with skinny jeans.
She wanted her ears pierced, we shopped together for cute, age appropriate earrings and other jewelry to accessorize her outfits. Since she's still learning to take care of her pieces, it's important to find stylish, inexpensive jewelry and charms. I like to shop for these products on a wholesale jewelry site, so I don't have to worry too much if she loses or gets her jewelry stolen.
Allison is at the age where there's a fine line on looking tasteful or tacky in middle school. I think we've made some good compromises so far. I've steered her towards looking like a respectable tween, and she feels she can put a creative spin on her look by dressing up her outfits with cute accessories and jewelry. #Winning!
What are some of the compromises you have made with your children lately?