You know those weeks when you feel like the same thing comes up again and again in different ways? This week’s theme seems to be ‘child choice vs parental decisions.’
On Monday, I had a conversation with a friend about children choosing or not choosing their own outfits. I commented that I am totally in favor of children making their own choices. It’s usually pretty clear when you are looking at a kid-chosen outfit. All orange in different hues, stripes and plaids, socks pulled up over pants. And if this is how a child wants to express themselves, then I really don’t see the harm.
Then Tuesday, I read a great piece by a fellow writing class student. She had observed a parent at a pottery place completely dictating how their child painted their princess statue. Her writing was full of anger at this parent for their total disregard of their child’s independent and creative thinking. I couldn’t agree more. I really, really try to let my children create their own art believing more in process than product.
And then on Wednesday, moments before we needed to leave for school, Katherine came downstairs in this outfit.