She Picks Out Odd Clothes
Children may have no clue about what's appropriate attire. "When my daughter, Marcella, was in preschool, she absolutely refused to wear anything that I picked out for her," says Julie Alfonso, of Brandon, Florida. "If I insisted, she would just change right back into her pajamas." Marcella always seemed to choose out-of-season items, dingy play clothes, or mismatched outfits. Finally, Alfonso talked to Marcella's teacher, who advised just letting her wear whatever she wanted. Even though Marcella was the only child on picture day wearing a long-sleeved velvet cheetah dress in warm weather, she and her mom stopped battling.
Remind yourself that your child's clothes aren't a reflection of whether or not you're a good parent, says Stiffelman. Unless it's a matter of safety -- like wearing slippery-soled party shoes on gym days -- learn to respect your child's preferences. Snow boots in May? Why not? Childhood is short. Try to have a sense of humor and take lots of pictures.