7 am is brutal. I'm not sure what it is about that specific time, but I don't like it. Oh wait, I just figured it out:
When you wake up at 6 am you know you're getting up early, so your brain is prepared for grogginess. When you wake up at 8 am you've had a full night's sleep (most likely) so your brain is at its earliest point of full wakefulness. But at 7 am? Your brain is confused. It's early enough (and still dark out, for now) that your brain wants you to stay in bed. But it's late enough that you know the day is starting, and so you feel like maybe you should get up. It's guilt, grogginess, and a severe want for your bed. That's what it is!
So this morning as my daugher was getting ready for school, I was trying to devise ways for her to get ready and get to school all on her own. So I can stay in bed. What??
I decided that what she needs is a little lesson in fashion. Some people are born with a natural fashion sense. My niece had usurped her right to choose for herself by the age of 2! My daughter does not have this fashion-sense trait. Her only criteria for clothing is that it has to be clothing, and the tag can't itch. She and her dad come up with the same mismatched outfits, so neither of them have "picking out" privileges. I need to put together a short list of fashion MUSTS, that my almost-7 yr old can comprehend and implement. Here's what I have so far:
* Pick out your bottoms first, because you have less of those. Find a shirt next, based on your choice of bottoms.
* Jeans go with nearly EVERY top you have. Only choose a blue top as your last choice, but even still, blue would go with jeans.
* If it hurts to wear it, it's too little. If your tummy is hanging out, it's too little. If it's too little, do NOT put it back in your drawer. Throw it in the DI pile. (YES I still support the church. Sue me.)
* Socks matter least. If you can't find the right color, just grab any color. (ok, you see how fashionable her mama really is!)
Now here's what I'm wondering. Is there a way (chart, game, etc) to teach her which colors DO NOT go together? I mean, orange and blue are fine if you're a Bears fan, but for a 7 yr old girl??? Yikes...