Wardrobe Woes...and more
When I say "wardrobe" it makes my post sounds so shallow but the struggles that my family has had with our six year old daughter is making us all weary. Since birth, she had detested the bath or water on her face at all. With that said, it starts or ends our day with tears and melt-downs. It has also kept her from learning to swim. She screams to have her hair properly brushed and therefore, it is a mess all the time.
She likes only short sleeves, soft pants/shorts and only one pair of socks...inside out with corners cut out..one par of shoes that she has broken in will do. She is ALWAYS hot. With that said, imagine how we cringe at the invitations to the princess parties, Christmas pageants and pool parties...Any special clothing like snow clothes, costumes etc. sends her into a tail spin.
I know that as she is getting older, she is feeling frustrated with herself and these limits that keep us from transitioning through daily life, seasons and events. I love her very much and don't mind that she is the only girl in her class not dressed up on those special days. Only we know the tears that it causes and it is heatbreaking. I do not need a picture perfect princess, just a girl who feels special inside. I am losing patience and running out of excuses for the behavior. "She's tired, hungry, sick, attention craving etc..." I really feel it's more than that.
Can anyone relate or help to guide my next step? I fear deep down that seeking help is going to deflate her confidence even more. This website has helped me more than anything to know that we are not alone in these family struggles.