Raising a daughter is hard. I would like to think I know what I’m doing because I once was a little girl, I am a daughter, and mentor teen girls. However, I am finding that molding a little girl into a young lady is fun, exhausting, exciting, difficult, adventurous, stressful, and everything in between.
I have watched my 8 year old’s style preference change from dresses and skirts, to leggings and t-shirts, to jeggings and high tops. My son has yet to have an opinion about his attire. He’s 5 years old.
My blood pressure has to stay elevated especially in the morning as we bump heads almost daily over school attire. I am learning to let her be herself, and not me, but it is extremely hard.
She considers herself an athlete. Up until this past January, she took tennis lessons for the last three years. She tried soccer when she was about 4 but spent most of the time behind the pack of kids clamoring for the soccer ball or on the sidelines doing ballet. She is back in swim lessons after screaming nonstop for 30 minutes in the pool when she was 3, and was just promoted a level. Now, she is showing interest in softball and wants to try basketball. She has been dancing for 4 years and is really getting good at tap.
I cringe every time she reaches for the black and white Nike high tops that were SUPPOSED to be worn only on gym days and for softball practice/games. I cringe when her colors don’t match or are not to my liking. I cringe when she grows out of everything I just bought two months prior.
Was I like this as a child? Was I this picky? Was I this moody? Was I this melodramatic? Probably, but because I don’t have any recollection I’m going to say no. (Right mom?)
And then out of the blue, my daughter asks me if I can pick out her clothing. I am sooooooooooo confused!
So I’m trying to move my daughter a little closer back to being my little princess, if just for a few hours, by taking her to one of Darlings & Divas spring break events along with some friends today. Ever since I had my son, I haven’t done a very good job in making mother/daughter time alone. We used to get our nails done together but she would peel the paint off within 2 days making me…mad. I don’t want to lose this time before the 13 year old chemical imbalance hits.
I know it’s coming.
Today’s experience at Darlings & Divas was simply adorable and my daughter in a word says it was “fun.” She’s 8. I thought it was cute as did the other mothers. I think she really liked the photo shoot at the end and LOVED the green hair feather they gave her. A sign that she is still into dolls is her asking me to buy her American Girl doll an outfit. I jumped on it. My little girl is still in there somewhere even if she refused to put on a princess dress.
But she did find a leapard print tutu. She’s definitely my child. Mamma loves leopard print.
What to Expect at Darlings & Divas
Get there early because parking is tough in the beginning. Your daughter will be asked to remove her socks during the party. The party starts and ends on time so be there or be square! Expect to spend a little more than you budgeted for because they have an adorable store filled with all sorts of frilly, pink, sparkly, fluffy, items you can’t say no to.
You can find their complete listing of events on their website.
Spring Break Events: April 15th – 17th
Tuesday – Dolly & Me Tea
Wednesday – Adorable Doc Medical University
Thursday – Divalicious Easter Party
Ice Princess Party
Annual Sundae Summer Kick-off
Prices vary per event. Advanced registration MUST be made calling (631) 608-4710 or online at EventBrite.com
They also offer adorable week-long summer camps that are, well just adorable! Check them out and tell them Valley Stream Mom sent you.
Disclaimer: I was given complimentary access to one of the above events in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own.
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