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Fayette-Mom: Daily wardrobe fights ... with my son

Posted October 24, 2011 8:40 p.m. EDT

Jennifer Joyner

“I don’t want to wear that! It feels weird!”

“No! That’s too babyish!”

Such is the running dialogue every morning at my house. But surprisingly, the daily fights over wardrobe are not with my daughter, but with my son.

Sure, Emma has given me her fair share of grief over the years, like the year she refused to wear anything but dresses, and then the following year, when she wouldn’t wear dresses at all! Yeah, that was fun.

But Eli has always been the easygoing one, about everything, really. That was until last year, when he started getting really picky about what he wore.

Suddenly, half of the shirts in his closet were cast aside, deemed “too babyish.” He even refused to wear certain pairs of underwear, even though I argued that no one would see them but him. Since then, I’ve learned to always take him with me to buy his clothes, never sure what will pass his test.

And as he has gotten older, the process is even more complicated — no, those jeans rub his ankle the wrong way, these pants make his waist itchy. For every 10 items he tries on, only two make the cut. Frustrating doesn’t begin to describe this process.

I must say, I’m surprised my boy has turned out to be the most difficult in the clothing department. Has anyone else had this problem with their sons?????

Jennifer is a mom of two and WRAL-TV assignment editor in Fayetteville. Her food obsession memoir, “Designated Fat Girl,” came out in 2010. Read more about Jennifer and her book on her website. Find her here on Go Ask Mom on Tuesdays.