Do You Let Your Kids Choose Their Own Clothes?
September 6, 2011
That’s my two-year old above, and I’m proud to say she picked out everything she’s wearing. Actually, she usually picks out most of her outfits and it’s always a treat to see what she puts together. I mean, I never would have paired her brother’s old “I’m with the band tee” with a green tiered skirt. And that red velcro belt? I didn’t even know we still had it!
True, there are days when she looks like she dressed herself in the dark, but that’s the fun of it. How often can you dress in mismatched clothes and still look adorable? And what’s the harm, really? It’s a fun way for her to get creative, and she’s gotten really good at dressing herself…from pulling shirts over her head, and zipping up pants, to slipping on socks and even strapping belts around her waist. Now if only she could be better at cleaning up the mess she makes when she decides on her outfits. We’re working on it.
Oh, but it’s not always “everything goes.” I will veto her picks for the following reasons: the clothes are dirty, they’re not seasonal (like the time she wanted to wear her wool leggings with a hooded sweater in 100 degree heat), and if they’re inappropriate. Sorry, baby, but you’re not wearing your favorite swimsuit to a nice restaurant…no matter how much you whine. But you can wear it underneath!
What about you? Do you let you kids pick out their own clothes? Share in the comments below.
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