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Friday, April 17, 2009

I'm THAT Target Mom

I used to laugh at mommas who walked through Target with their preschool princesses... those resigned looking women escorting their pint-sized, feather boa-ed, tutu bedecked, tiara wearing prima donnas. Yes. Ahem. I USED to laugh.


Now I AM one of them. Yes, y'all, I am the mother of The Butterfly, that infamous five-year-old obsessed with pink flip-flop princess shoes and wedding rings. Because it's just not worth the battle. If she's warm, if she's clean, if she doesn't trip when she walks, then who the heck cares?

Right? (Please say yes. Please say yes.)

To find more of those Target moms, check out Fashion Challenge Friday at Do They Have Salsa in China?

61 comments:

happygeek said...

As long as you aren't dressed like that it is perfectly OK.
But hey, if you can't beat em, might as well join em eh?

Veronica Mitchell said...

Two days ago I took my daughter out wearing a red stretchy velvet dress, pale blue pajama pants, and Dora sneakers. I have no criticism to offer.

Stefanie said...

Ahahaha!! The Tongginator has been able to accomplish, singlehandedly, what it has taken 8 kids in our house to do: creating a mom who is happy as long as the child is happy. I put up the good fight, not letting my kids do stuff like that, but you've learned that lesson already!
Let her be her own little wonderful self... who cares what those ladies in Target think??
Rock on, TM!

Tonggu Grammy said...

Hey, she matches! Check out the colors on the lovely sandals. They match both the tutu and pants. You are lucky that she didn't have on wings with which to bump into the fashionistas at Target.

Buckeroomama said...

Haha! This is what I have to look forward to, I guess. :)

Laura L. said...

Really, I have to admire the mommas who can let go and just let their princesses express themselves this way in public. :) I really do!

Our Jadyn really hasn't even asked very often to pick out her own clothing each day.
I see the little girls who come to preschool in outfits that Do Not match and I just smile and I admire the fact that their moms can let them.
I'm probably too much of the matchy matchy sort of mom for that.

You know, the Tongginator probably gave quite a few people at Target a smile. :)

Gail said...

Welcome to the Target Mom Club TM!!! I've been a member for quite a few years...lately it's been me escorting a little Batman down the isles. ;)

Beach Mama said...

I am THAT Target Mama to the power of 2! Yes, yes, yes, you must be talking about my Royal daughters. Not only that, but they will change clothes every 5 minutes! Captain Daddy gets more worked up over it than I do though. Men just don't understand accessories and adornments! I mean, the Royal Sisters usually have several stickers and hairbows placed on me by the time we leave the SandCastle:)

Jboo said...

She definitely has her own sense of style and it's a fun one!

Have a great weekend.

Janet

Andrea said...

Last year the girls went to the grocery sore in SNOW WHITE and SLEEPING BEAUTY costumes AND COWBOY BOOTS!
I think it is great!

xoxo,
A

Marla said...

I wouldn't have given you a 2nd glance walking through Target that way. Of course, I'd be the one with the 3 year old pirate in the cart.

Definitely pick your battles. And know which ones you can win. :)

longbrakeliving said...

Personally, I think its great! Now, I don't have a princess (or a prince), but it sure does make my day to be in the presence of royalty doing my daily shopping!

Kristy said...

yes, yes, yes!!! You are too funny and I am sure she is adorable!!!!

Love, Kristy

sara said...

I think I saw you, or rather the butterfly. Oh, yes, it had to be you.....

sara said...

We went out yesterday in PJ bottoms, a tank top with a hooded, un-matching sweatshirt and boots.

Well, and then Mya had on something ridiculous too....

Dawn said...

Yes, yes, yes...

(As long as you are't dressing to match her! Ha!)

Blessings!

Lisa-Jo Baker said...

You are SO Right! I am also that kind of mom. As in, yesterday when I dropped my 3 and half year old at preschool his teacher took one look at him and said to me, "but.....today is PICTURE day!" To which I calmly responded - "Yes, I do know that. I also realize that Jackson is wearing the EXACT SAME OUTFIT as yesterday - but he was VERY insistent that he had to wear the motorcycle shirt and ONLY the motorcycle shirt for his picture."

Insert teacher's rolled eyes and big sighs here.

Oh well, I'd rather have a picture that he loves and that I will always associate with his love for motorized vehicles as opposed to one I will always remember having forced him into.

From another one of those kinds of mamas!

M3 said...

LOVE it!!! I think I've become a mom who looks for kids who dress themselves now. Kind of like if you buy a blue Volvo and then see blue Volvos everywhere you go? Heh. I walk through Target now, see a wild outfit, and share a grin with the mom.

Suzy said...

A dad who adopted from China used to say, "You can't embarrass me, I have kids." And while I CAN be embarrassed, my threshold is at least a mile higher than it used to be.

Joan said...

I too am that kind of mom. It makes my heart sing to see my girls strutting their stuff -because they are feeling "the pretty" :-) I hope when they look back later they still smile. I love the smiles and laughs we get when people overhear our conversations too. The latest is "Where does Jesus live... but we have had questions about rainbows, fish, babies in bellys, etc...etc... etc. :-)

Kiy said...

This is beginning to start at our house. I thought I'd have at least a year (if not longer) but yesterday we had to have: 2 hair clips, 1 hat, sunglasses (thankfully just the one pair), a dress with shorts underneath, MISmatching shoes (sigh) and her favorite jacket. Oh my.

And rats, I should have grabbed the camera.

Love T's outfit, I agree with Grammy, at least it matched!

Cheers, Kiy

Wanda said...

Ha, of course you're RIGHT!!!!!

Love ths streamer thingies she's got going from her hands. Wish we had those - I mean - mine had those ;-)

And don't you think we should have some sort of permanent camera hanging from some body part so we could capture each crazy moment? I'm tired of running for the darn thing everytime.

prechrswife said...

Haven't done this one yet, although I did take her to church one evening when she had done her hair all by herself. It just wasn't worth the meltdown.

redmaryjanes said...

I love it! I can't wait to be one of those Moms!!

Blue said...

Apparently I am a matchy matchy mom.... Little G said today (after dressing himself in camo pants and sky blue shirt), "I know you're probably going to say something about the shirt and pants not matching together, but I just looove the warmness of this shirt!" To which I said, "oh, but you're going into the woods with Daddy today, so it doesn't matter." "Yeah, if I was going to a fancy ball, I would have to match."

=)

Becky said...

But she's matching, at least! I don't have a princess (we'll get there in a year or two, I'm sure), but my boy looks like a circus freak at least a few days a week. Someday he'll figure out that orange and red just don't look good together...

abc123vn said...

Oh lord that will so be me -- superman and the princess because really is that a battle I want to wage in the long run, NO...so I say go for it! I smile everytime I see a child like that -- and think about a mom who is choosing her battles :)

That and if this is a battle I choose with my children then I suppose I would have to wage it with my husband as well -- he cannot match his colors and usually has navy blue and black on together or two colors that should NEVER be put in the same outfit...

Quirky Mom said...

Oh yes, I am one of them, too. And I am still laughing.

LaLa said...

Oh, you should see the things Annslee goes out in. Mainly she likes to dress like it is mid July no matter what the weather! I too think that most people LOVE seeing our kids out just loving the skin they're in...

Tonggu Grammy said...

Lisa-Jo, as a pre-k teacher for almost 25 years, I say good on you! The picture of the happy little boy in a shirt he loves will be something to cherish. I've had children in tears for their pictures because they didn't like what they were wearing. Life is too short!

Angela said...

Amen girlfriend. AMEN! Be it full princess get up or ballerina jammies...as long as the girl is clean...so let it be! :-)

jen@odbt said...

All the moms know :) She does make a cute butterfly princess.

Aunt LoLo said...

Bwahahaha

You KNOW I've got no room to judge here.

Lookin' good!!!!

Sharie said...

OH how I know! Which is why Amelia went to school in ballerina slippers on Monday!

Saint Louis Family Robinson said...

Haven't been THAT mama yet. Ha!!!

The other day at the grocery store we saw a princess (deck out from head to toe!) and Josie comment was "It must be a special day for her." I quickly agreed. Then as we passed her in one of the aisle Josie asked her if that was the case or not. We both got a look of Isn't Every Day Special from the other mama and daughter. Which got Josie thinking, but made me feel like a bad mom for all the times I said 'NO, it's not a special day'.

Carla said...

We went shopping today with Katie looking great in her Matilda Jane with Fancy Nancy purple hat (with streamers and big flower) and her Fancy Nancy satin purse.

She sashayed through the parking lots and about 5 minutes in each store before she declared herself DONE with the hat and asked me to carry it.

Alas I could not find the point and shoot camera...so I'm going to have to take a photo soon to show off her gorgeousness. LOL

and I would NEVER laugh, I smile at the little girl and tell them how gorgeous they look. The boys dressed up as superheroes I tell them how great they look.

DawnS said...

YES! It's hard to let go, but really it's not so bad - and look how happy she is!

Rebecca Ramsey said...

Funny!
But it's not just for girls!
I once took a dalmatian/power ranger/pirate to Target. Everyone was confused.

Andrea said...

My youngest was 3 when he went to Costco wearing a muscle shirt, gym shorts and yellow rain boots. I had an older woman stop me and ask if I knew it wasn't raining outside. I figured as long as he was happy, I didn't care what he wore!

Briana's Mom said...

So that outfit is in Briana's future, eh? I can get used to it. I think. ;)

CC said...

No, no one cares. They are all probably just thinking how adorable she looks. ;)

autumnesf said...

Yep. And I finally had to break down and pay for an actual leotard and tutu because what MM came up with looked more like a stripper than a princess.

Sigh.

But, if she follows in big sisters footsteps, she will grow out of this within a couple of years of starting school.

Michelle said...

Ah yes, the journey of every mother of a girly girl. This too shall pass... and unfortunately, all too soon!!

Tammy said...

Sometimes when my Princess is dressed crazy, my husband looks at me and says, "are you letting her go dressed like that?"

My motto: I've got bigger battles to fight...if not now, later.

Upstatemomof3 said...

I'll let you know when Baby Sister gets to be that age. Sometimes I still think my niece looks a little silly in her outfits but if I were her mom I would not fight with her so what do I know? :)

hotomom said...

That is so funny. Love it!!! Guess where the boots were from (hint hint) maybe... Target!!!

Patty O. said...

Priceless. I am all about letting the kids pick their own clothes, as embarrassing as it might be for me. As long as they dress appropriately for the weather, I figure let them express themselves. Who cares that my son rarely has matching clothes? Well, I don't, at least not enough to do battle over it. Personally, I think the Tongginator looks adorable!! What sense of style!

Pug Mama said...

I just read your story from the link you provided below. Thanks for sharing your story.
Very inspiring.....

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

Enjoy every minute of the frivolity!

Peanut said...

I love it!

I've got one of those girls too and I know, soon enough, she'll be super self-conscious like me, so I let her go out in her crazy outfits as much as I can... she thinks she looks beautiful and there is nothing more beautiful than that confidence :)

Her Daddy is a little more strict about things matching though!

Debbie said...

I always admired those moms! And now I admire you.

Mahmee said...

Hey, I'm just happy when my kid agrees to wear clothes. She's kind of a 'wearing nothing is divine' sort of gal.
Thanks for the visit.
Mahmee

a little leprechaun said...

I'm sure The Butterfly was princess-rific!

We've all been there (it's in the rules, isn't it?)

Have a great one!

Colleen said...

LOL If their happy then who cares what they are wearing....I am momma to the sparkly purple tutu princess : )

T said...

it took me awhile, but I finally decided that it takes a mom with self confidence to take their son to the store wearing a superman cape, denim shorts, tall black cowboy boots, and a backward baseball cap from the Denver Zoo... seeing as how son #3 wore nothing BUT that outfit for a few weeks I had to develop some QUICK self confidence!

Patricia/NYC said...

Oh my gosh...I finally learned this lesson myself...hard to swallow sometimes, but I just will not squash the spirit! lol! Good for you, TM!! And rock on, you fab flip flop wearin' princess, Tongginator! ;)

Heather of the EO said...

I always giggle a little when I see THOSE moms with THOSE girls. I think it's adorable.

So that's all the matters. RIGHT? :)

discombobulated said...

I'll take her to Target anyday for you. It's my fave store and I love The Butterfly's style!

Jennifer said...

Your right! As long as they are warm and clean...Who cares? You should see some of the get ups Katie goes out it. Katie loves to dress up.

Jen

Doug and Terrye said...

It's so nice to know that I'm in such great company :) I too used to laugh at all of y'all...and now I am one of you!!!

Terrye in FL

Kayce said...

LOVE it! I will so be that mommy! With my son I was the mom who had a personal firefighter where ever I went! Love the imagination of kids.