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Starting the 11 Year Old Attitude

OK.  I think I've got it through my head now, my 11 year old Lily does NOT want me to pick out clothes for her with out her.

A couple of years ago Lily was giving input into her fashion likes and dislikes and I was glad.  My 14 y/o Katie could care less as long as it was comfortable, which I completely understand (I draw the line at the pajama bottom wearing however.  What is up with that?!?  Thank goodness her school has a dress code!) But I missed the experience of hanging out with her and shopping.  I couldn't bribe Katie to go clothes shopping with me.  Lily, on the other hand, is a tad different.  She will go clothes shopping with the understanding that there will be a form of chocolate at some point as compensation.  No problem.

So, about this latest realization.  Lily, for the last year, has been gradually nixing a few items that I would bring home for her, I thought they were adorable - or cool, whatever descriptive word she likes but, she would politely decline. "Um, mom?  Well, I'm just not that fond of it."  Fond.  She has been using that word for years and it cracks me up.  Now, here I am, bringing some pretty darn cute/cool/stylin' whatever word she likes, clothes home and she rejects all of them.  Crinkled nose, hands on hips, *tsk* sound and all.  "Mom.  If you're going to get clothes for me, I should really be with you."

Geez.  Fine.  I get it.  Is my taste really that bad?

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