Post by Jessica R.
On a rather nondescript day, we pushed open the door to McDonald’s and walked in. My 2 year-old’s dress swished as she pushed past me regally. The cashier smiled. Why wouldn’t she, the kid was dressed to the nines in a gorgeous princess gown, sparkly tiara and pink sneakers.
I smiled back at her and shrugged.
I could have insisted that she take off the dress before we left the house, but she was so proud of it, so excited to show it off, that I decided against it.
Parenting is all about picking your battles. What’s worth fighting over? What worth causing a tantrum over? The answer is different for every parent.
For me it boils down to a few things:
1) Safety first. Car seats buckled, cross the road hand in hand, dress warmly, tushies on chairs.
2) Hygiene is key. Wash hands before meals, don’t lick anything, and get off the floor of the dirty store please.
3) Nothing permanent, thank you. You can cut your hair how you please, wear as many rub on tattoos as you want, but don’t you dare get a piercing or a tat without first discussing it with me. My kids are still little, so that’s not really an issue yet, but I’m ready.
After that I’m pretty flexible, even if it means wiping Chicken Nugget crumbs from the shimmery fake organza of a princess dress.
What are your “don’t cross this” lines? What battles do you pick?