December 6 11

This past Friday was my day off. If by “day off” you actually mean spending the hours between 9am and 2pm at your children’s school listening to 6 different teachers tell you just how different each of your three kids are. It’s pretty unbelievable, actually.

So different, these three.

Emily is the leader, the socializer, the performer.

Josh is the thinker, the loner, the think-outside-the-boxer.

Isabella is the artist, the creative one, the class clown…in a giant tutu.

Isabella is such a pleasure to have in class. She’s lovely, she’s smart, she’s funny, she’s well-liked. But, you know, THOSE TUTUS. They are a little, um, distracting. Can you possibly consider, maybe, not allowing her to wear them to school?

No ma’am. I cannot consider this.

She comes by it honestly.

Sorry, teachers. We pick our battles in our house, and we choose not to fight the genetics (or the moonlight, for that matter).

I guess they should be thankful we aren’t fighting about yoga pants. (bazinga!)





  1. I LOVE it! I always have a kid or two who wears a tutu to school each year. Enjoy that… She’ll stop doing it some day.

    Comment by Jules on December 6, 2011
  2. I’d say that’s a good parenting move. 🙂 My four-year-old often wears tutus as well and I’m not willing to make her stop!

    Comment by Mrs. Wilson on December 6, 2011
  3. Thanks, now I have that homewrecker’s song stuck in my head:)

    Comment by Jen on December 6, 2011
  4. Silly teachers, why would you DISCOURAGE creativity? I say get her one for every day!

    Comment by Kristabella on December 6, 2011
  5. Considering she has about 17, I’d say she has enough for every day…and then some!


    Comment by ali on December 6, 2011
  6. Okay, how and to whom are the tutus distracting? My 7yo often goes to school with “kitty cat” face paint and clip on cat ears. No issues there — except that there are 2 boys in her class who have told her that they love her. Hm — wonder if it has anything to do with her cat persona…

    Comment by Nenette on December 6, 2011
  7. Oh, and those legwarmers, Ali? OMG, beyond awesome.

    Comment by Nenette on December 6, 2011
  8. She’s in first grade. How is it hurting? Teachers are funny.

    Comment by Issa on December 6, 2011
  9. As a teacher (and mom) myself…I say:
    Wear your tutu with pride!
    Schools like to find a version of ‘normal’ and then set that as a standard. This, in no way, encourages thought, inquisitiveness, confidence and acceptance. Whatever our children’s ‘tutu’ might be at the moment, we need to foster it….and really, who wants to try and wrestle a tutu off a little girl…that would be a grudge match of epic proportions!

    Comment by Jessica Pearson on December 6, 2011
  10. So adorable, those tutus.
    My two boys are so different, too, it’s amazing they are both mine!

    Comment by Loukia on December 6, 2011
  11. Yup. Been rockin’ the tutus since 1978

    Comment by ali on December 6, 2011
  12. Your three kids sound exactly like my three kids. I would use the same exact descriptions to describe my two daughters and son.

    Comment by OHmommy on December 6, 2011

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