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Dress Mommy Challenge Reflection

Dress Mommy Challenge Reflection

About a month ago Bethany Wesley, the editor of inMagazine, forwarded a blog post to Abby Randall that was written by Summer Bellessa of Babble, where she let her 3-year-old son, Rockwell, choose her outfits for five days. (Read that here.) The results are absolutely adorable!

After briefly chatting about how fun (scary) this challenge would be, they decided to just go for it and commit to FIVE days! Here’s a summary of days 1-5:

Day 1-5 Outfit Challenge

What Bethany Learned: 
It was a week ago now that we did the kid-dress-mommy challenge and my girls still miss it.
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Myself, though, I’m fine with it being done.  * smile *
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But looking back, I’ve been chewing on what — if anything — I learned through the process.
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In no particular order, I learned the following:
— I have too many clothes and it’s probably time to clean out the ol’ closet. And the jewelry!
— I have several cute-ish skirts and dresses and I should probably try to break out of my standard slacks-with-a-sweater combination, at least once a week. (Just not this week!)
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Mainly, though, what I think I learned the most was that as much as I don’t really spend too very much time worrying about whether I’m fashionable or stylish, I do care more than I like to admit about how I look. Yeah, I don’t too much worry about whether I’m keeping up with trends, but I do like to look at least somewhat put together. My girls broke me out of that, to some degree anyway. There was more than once when if someone was giving me an odd look (especially with the rain boots!) I felt like I should apologize, or at least explain myself. But by the end of the week, I really didn’t care that much. And that was a nice feeling, I think, to be comfortable in whatever I was wearing.
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I also learned, yet again (this is not a surprise to me) that I’m a control freak and need to just let things go. Even though I wasn’t supposed to direct my kids’ choices, I felt compelled to — and had to actually stop myself.
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For example, leading up to Friday, I had dropped a few hints to my daughters that Mommy likes to wear jeans on Fridays. So, come Friday morning, my older daughter picked jeans for me to wear. I was elated, ’til I noticed that she was looking forlornly at my dresses. I asked her if she actually wanted Mommy to wear a skirt or dress and she said yes, but she wanted to make me happy and I wanted jeans. (Yeah I also learned my kiddos are pretty sweet.) Well, we all know I wore my super-fancy outfit that day, sparkles and all.
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Control freak. I know, I’m working on it (not really, but I should).
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I don’t think I learned anything super groundbreaking, but there were lots of moments that I treasure and it was fun for me to see my girls letting more of their personalities shine through, even if it meant that I was wearing mismatched jewelry and “princess” heels.
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I learned, yet again, to enjoy the little moments with my kids, while they’re still little.
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Oh, and also, I learned that rain boots are not very comfortable at all.
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What Abby Learned:

I learned several valuable lessons through this challenge, much like Bethany one was that I need to clean out my closet…

Biggest lessons:

I spend way too much time plotting the perfect outfit. Audrey nails it in one try. Me? It takes 2-3 attempts every single day.

-I need to try on all of my clothes. I have some good stuff hiding back there (not the 2004 dress though).

I need to humor my daughter more and give up control.

Example of this: On day 4, I had to wear the first dress (the one with the hot pink skinny jeans), I also needed to go grocery shopping after work…I seriously contemplated changing my clothes several times but I kept telling myself that would be cheating. We got to the grocery store and I felt people stare, (probably in my head) but Audrey kept looking up to smile, melted my heart. On the way into the store she said I looked like a princess and that she looked like a princess too! She was so happy about it. It was the best grocery shopping trip ever. She sat nice in the cart, she helped picked out cereal, giggled and waited patiently at the checkout. Was it because of the clothes? I don’t know. But, it was a good experience. I want to have more of those experiences with my daughter.

Last Lesson: 

A simple “Dress Mommy Challenge” can strengthen friendships and connections. Bethany and I would text each other on the crazy outfit days to reveal clues, co-workers would stop by my cubicle, friends would comment on my social media. I realized that I need to make time to be silly and just have fun. Life is too short to be too serious.

If you want to participate in the challenge have your little one dress you for a day! Send a photo to: inmagazine@bemidjipioneer.com

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