By Gena Mann
Does it have buttons?” This is the refrain from my 3-year-old every morning when I bring her clothes down so that she can dress for school in front of the TV (#4th kid). The clothing item in question is always a dress because according to Indie, dresses are the only suitable attire for school….and she will only wear ones without buttons. She also finds tights, jeans, pants, winter coats, and sweaters (even cashmere!) “yucky."
We went from a joyous fall season of dresses and knee socks to a freezing cold winter of dresses with tights, leggings, occasional leg warmers-whatever we can do to keep warm enough in a dress.
I’m not sure if the button/sweater/jacket/pants aversion is due to an actual sensory sensitivity or just the desire of my 4th and final child to challenge me in ways the three before her never did….but seeing as I am now an expert on soft, comfy, dresses that slip right over the head (and have only simple colors/no patterns to satisfy my minimalist style), I thought I would share my wisdom in case anyone else has a child who has similar demands.