Well, this isn't the social story I planned to write today, but it was successful and resulted in a very positive family experience...
I realized this am that we have church directory pictures today (short notice I know), and I have two choices. Let Crash wear whatever he wants and know that he will be happy, or push the clothing issue.
I was feeling brave. Knowing that this picture will be around in everyone's homes for the next few years also served as a little bit of motivation.
So, I used some should you say quick thinking...
Our conversation went a little like this:
Mommy: Crash today after your brother gets home we are going to go to church to have our picture taken.
Mommy: Everyone is going to wear brown pants.
Crash: Soft pants?
Mommy: No, brown pants (shows Crash the pants)
Crash: Screaming, crying, and flopping around on the floor.
Mommy: What's wrong?
Crash: I don't like the pants (screaming and crying continue).
Mommy: Did I say you had to put them on right now?
Crash: (still screaming) Nooooo!.
Mommy: Then why are you screaming?
Crash: I don't like the pants.
Mommy: Do you have to put them on right now?
Crash: (screaming stops) No.
Mommy: Ok, so listen to this, IF you wear your brown pants for the picture, then you can get french fries when you are done.
Crash: (starts to get upset)
Mommy: It's your choice. You can wear soft pants to church and change at church if you like. All I am asking is for the few minutes we take the picture you wear brown pants. Then you can change again. And we will leave right away for fries.
So, we review this story through out the day and Crash can tell it perfectly. We get to church and he changes without hassle. FIRST TIME EVER IN KHAKIS!!
What I neglected to say was how long he had to wait to take his pants off at the end. The photographer said we were done, and there went the pants...
I asked Crash how the pants felt and he said bumpy. I said is bumpy ok? His response, maybe for a picture, but I need soft pants.