Today Lia has a non-uniform day at school (or a dress down day as they are now referred to). Without fail this event leads to instant stress the moment she wakes up compounded by whinging and whining and, today, tears. My issue today was that it was zero degrees outside and therefore a summer skirt was not acceptable. And neither was a summer skirt teamed with leggings that clashed so badly they could bring on a migraine.
Generally I have no issue with Lia choosing her own clothing - sure she's lacking a certain sense of style given she's only five but it's not like her wardrobe is extensive enough she can get into too much trouble - but for dress down days they have to still be smart and therefore my input is required.
We are generally suffering from her attitude at the moment. There is so much answering back and whining and shouting that some days I despair. I have to admit it's surprised me that this is happening so early on - I was thinking I'd got a few more years before the door slamming stage (it's only happened once but the next time it happens toys will be in a bin bag).
The biggest issue is her hair. She wants it long. I say she can only have it long if it's tied up because it's so fine and whispy that it looks like she's been dragged through a hedge about a second after it is brushed. This of course is not her fault, neither is it her fault that her best friend has perfect hair but I cannot stand it looking so awful plus she's all over Connor at any opportunity and therefore her hair is all over him too or in her mouth when she's eating and so on and so on.
However she majorly objects to having it brushed (or brushing it herself) and while she now accepts it's a french plait and only a french plait for school, weekends are still a nightmare. She has to have it in a bun for ballet and this always causes ructions. She actually missed ballet one week because I refused to take her due to her atrocious behaviour about her hair. We are now in a final warning state - the next time she even starts a scene about it I'm cutting it off - only Daddy's intervention saved her last time and he now knows I'm serious too.
And we're not even going to discuss the tidying her bedroom. Last time I told her she had to I got the response 'I'm not poor, my name is not Cinderella'. So now this is another issue that will result in all toys in a bin bag. I do wonder if I expect too much from her as she's only five but it's not like I'm asking her to clean the house or cook the dinner, I expect her to keep her room tidy so that I'm not stepping on all her toys when I go in there and that's about it.
Having said all of that, I suppose can hardly complain about her stubborness and attitude when I really don't have to look further than a mirror to see where she gets it from LOL
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