Sunday, December 2, 2012
Last night was the first formal dance that Rob escorted his girlfriend to. They spent about 10 days coordinating their outfits. The photo is predictably low quality but he looked very sharp. For all that he is all about skinny jeans most of the time (with the accompanying annoying amount of boxers hanging out above them) he knows how to dress up when an occasion warrants and doesn't balk at it. This gives me hope that someday I won't be looking at his boxers on a regular basis. LOL
I realize that among other parents that I interact with I am in the minority. My wife thinks I should "do something" about the boxer/skinny jeans thing. I have friends who clearly feel the same, judging from Facebook posts and such.
My take is that if a kid has the capacity to understand that different dress is required for different situations, then fighting about clothes is a waste of time. And potentially damaging to our relationship. If I am going to put my foot down, it has to be about something that I deem important. Not harming yourself or others, not engaging in lawbreaking activities, truth telling, those are my "line in the sand" type of issues. Clothes? Not so much, since I remember hiding a whole different outfit in my purse to change into when I got to school.
It is a bit odd in our house as I have one child who can not understand appropriate dress due to his disability. Additionally he has the further advantage of being color deficient. So for Chet, the dress code is different. I have had to clearly delineate "home clothes" and "go out to church/dinner/visit relatives clothing. This way I can refer him to the type of clothing and he is more likely to choose something acceptable to the situation.
At any rate, for last night at least, I had no glimpse of boxers and rumor has it that the well dressed chap even danced!