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My plan to subvert the two preteens coming up fast? Outweigh them significantly. "Just try to wear my clothes," I'll sneer triumphantly. "Both of you could fit in my skinny jeans!" I'm not proud, just practical. Earrings will be a problem, however.

Suburban Kamikaze

I'd keep an eye on the mascara too.


Bob Cleveland

I guess it depends on what you're dressing to look like. I'd expect kids to want to dress to look like their peers.

We only had boys, so I may be aesthetically challenged in the respect, however. But our boys sure did look like boys.

As to the length of skirts, I've always felt "If it ain't for sale, don't advertise it". Old curmudgeon that I am....

Suburban Kamikaze

I dress to look as if I spent at least 5 more minutes getting dressed than I actually did. It comes down to shoes and mascara, I believe.



If my son had his way I'd be dressed in a burka right about now. So in this house, I thumb my nose at the Teen Court.

Thank God, I don't have a daughter.

Suburban Kamikaze

You'd be crazy to take fashion tips from a teenage boy. I would include Tim Gunn in this category.


Suburban Sheepdog

Since it is too late -- Wait. Is it? Yes, yes, of course it is -- Since it is too late for you to have only sons, I suggest you institute a system where, as in real court, it costs money to bring a case.

Don't like the mom jeans? If she pays up, wear something else. If she does not, couple the mom jeans with a cable-knit cardigan and be sure to get out of the car and wave -- ideally, you'd give her a big kiss on the cheek, but let's be realistic -- when you drop her off at school or to see friends. While waving yell: "SO much fun shopping with you. Lo-o-o-ve this outfit you picked for me!"

Some might call it extortion; I -- and Al Capone -- would call it justice.

"You get more with a kind word and a gun, than with a kind word alone," Al used to say.

Suburban Kamikaze

Objection! I am pretty sure I don't actually own anything that could be called "mom jeans." I would hate to have to put this question to a jury of 15-year-old girls, but still.

Also, she gets pretty much all her money from me.


Meg @ Soup Is Not A Finger Food

Oh so very glad my teenagers are of the boy variety.

Suburban Kamikaze

Defending yourself in Kitchen Court is so much easier. You still can't win, but at least you get to make a case.


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