You've heard it said, your actions speak louder than your words.
I find this is the scariest part of parenting. I took my daughter shopping for back-to-school clothes yesterday. We had a moment. It was like a scene from a movie. She saw it from afar, her jaw dropped, she began to run towards this beautiful conquest on the sale rack. It was a pair of peep toe wedges, IN HER SIZE. She's 7.
Of course, she immediately asked for them, and I immediately said NO! There's no way you are wearing high heels to Second Grade. That teacher would totally judge me.
But, then she deployed the scariest tactic of all children, "but mama you have a pair just like these."
I wish I could tell you that I used that opportunity as a teaching lesson on appropriate shoes, instead, I asked, "How much are they?" I was proud. It might be all kinds of wrong, but I shared a moment with my daughter on fashion. They were on sale.
That little $10 pair of peep-toe platform wedges will hopefully teach both of us a lesson. I am acutely aware that she is watching every step I take. I better make some good ones. Ones that I want her little peep-toe platform wedges to follow in.