Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Frankenstein Wins

In the movie Big Daddy Adam Sandler's character, Sonny, raises someone else's child due to bizarre circumstances.  Sonny, being the child raising genius that he is, decides to let the kid do whatever he wants. Sonny wouldn't tell him what to do. The kid, Julian, would make his own decisions.

Julian's first order of business is to rename himself Frankenstein. After that he decides to eat ketchup packets for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  He also chooses not to take baths and becomes the stinky kid at school.

Sonny also gives Julian the right to choose his wardrobe every day. He can wear whatever he wants. Normal attire includes shorts, boots, a cape, and earmuffs or maybe some other clothing fashioned as a head band.

Today I experienced a slice of this self dressing fun.  After I dressed Braden this morning he started reaching for the shoes he wanted. The kid has an absolute love of shoes. He wants to wear shoes all the time. He will go pick them out and bring them too you. It is not uncommon in our home to see Braden wearing only a diaper and two mismatched shoes. Before today his shoe fun only happened at home.

This morning I tried to deny Braden's shoe dreams.  He was none too pleased.  We over slept and let's just say Braden is not a morning person. So in his just awakened state he was not going to give up easily. The shoes were important.

Arica wisely suggested I just give him the shoes he wanted, and she would take the other shoes to school with them.

And this is the story of how Braden got to wear big red Elmo house shoes to school today.


PJ Mullen said...

Some times it just doesn't make sense to have a battle of wills with a toddler, soon enough they will get distracted and you can remedy the situation. My son wants his sandals on all the time. "Papa, sandals, Papa, target sandals" (just in case I didn't know which ones he was talking about he tells me where we bought them).

Brandon Gilbert said...

Very Nice! Does he play the game of "I win" yet?

WeaselMomma said...

Some days it's just not worth the fight.

Eric said...

My daughter loves the shoe thing too. But my 2 and a half year old son is in the wear what he wants to wear phase. He likes getting himself dressed and wear whatever he wants. With five kids, I don't have much fight in me with little stuff like that if we're hanging at home.

one night he wore a t shirt and jeans to bed (its what he changed into after bath). the kicker was that they were both worn backwards.

he was fine with it.

rock on frankenstein.

seashore subjects said...

Arica is a wise woman. Some battles are just better left alone.

Katherine said...

Haha! Can you imagine the wardrobe fights in the future?

I'm just glad I don't have a girl that wants to wear a tutu every day!

I saw a girl that must've been 12 or 13 yesterday in Subway. She had pajama pants, a night-time tank top, and huge animal slippers on her feet. Her mom must've lost the wardrobe battle.

Brian Miller said...

ha. somedays it is just worth it...and one day when he is allowed to dress himself he will provide you with endless stories to tell...lol. trust me...

SurprisedMom said...

Well, apparently he wanted to show off his own, individual shoe taste. Sometimes it just wise to not argue with a non-morning person, even if they are not yet two. Things that make absolute sense to them, makes absolutely no sense to anyone else.:)

So, how did Braden's fashion statement go over at school?

Anonymous said...

I went to private school when I was a kid where the uniform, without exception, was a blue jumper and white shirt til 5th grade (or blue pants and a white shirt for the boys) and white socks and plain shoes for everyone.

Every once in a while though my sister and I would get rebellious and request to wear, gasp, red socks. Protest socks if you will. And my mother, probably realizing that her job had been made incredibly easy for her, acquiesced.

Maybe you should consider private school ;)