Does it really matter to our kids what we wear as "mom"?
To an extent, of course. There is the willingness to be seen with us. The example we are setting. But really and truly my 7 and under crowd could care less whether I'm in my PJ's or dressed to the nines (which happens, NEVER!) But, at least for me, how I dress does effect my attitude and perception of myself. Pajama days are the greatest. But if I ventured out our front door in my PJ's there is a feeling of relaxation that is not conducive to orchestrating a successful outing.
So every morning (that we are leaving the house), I do put forth a good faith effort to put my best foot forward. An effort to say to my self, my kids and the world that "yes, I am capable and we will have a great day!" Does it always work, well - no! But the effort is there and with effort there is promise and potential.
Eloise, was camera happy the other afternoon so I let her take pics of me and Mathilde... I do feel more put together in my head than I feel I appear in said picture...but I made the effort! And pretty proud of the outfit, as much for look as for cost. Goodwill to the rescue - Seven for All Mankind jeans ($4, only problem the fly likes to not stay up, fixed with tiny kid hairband :) ), Ann Taylor Loft top ($3.50, Cashier at the grocery store complemented it :) after telling me I looked tired - GRRR!)
So from my girls perspective - "Mommy, you look pretty today!" Gotta love those sweet little voices.