12-year old with stained clothing
My 12-year old seems to stain every item of clothing, pretty much instantly. Food, ink, grass, mystery substances - I don't even know how it happens. I'm big on natural consequences, but "well, then, you have to wear stained clothing!" does not make a dent. She doesn't care, it's fine by her. So I try different approaches, like micromanaging table manners and art projects, but I just don't have the stamina to keep that up. Has anyone made progress on this and, if so, how? Was it just a matter of learning to look past stained clothing yourself? That was easier when she was younger, but I suspect my c'est-la-vie attitude helped create this problem, and, really, she's in middle school. And I may be running up against my limit - I bought her some new shirts for back-to-school, and just discovered they are all stained already. At some point, it might become something that she starts caring about, right? Do I just wait for teenage embarrassment to hit? Help!