I understand the temptation to pick out your kids’ clothes, so they are picture perfect and match from head to toe. Please don’t. Let your kids choose their own clothes.
Let’s face it.
Baby and toddler clothes are A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E.
Especially for little girls.
Companies like Gymboree built entire businesses based on being able to buy head-to-toe matching outfits.
Who can resist those cute little, ruffled rompers with matching sweaters, socks, shoes, hats, and headbands?
I know I couldn’t.
I dressed my daughter in those cute little outfits as long as I could.
But there comes a time when little people want to dress themselves, and mom needs to step aside.
Moms – Let Your Kids Choose Their Own Clothes
As soon as your child can get dressed by themselves, it is time for them to pick out their own clothes.
Yes, that means mismatched socks.
And it means their shirt won’t match their pants.
Sometimes it will means wearing a dragon costume in public.
It may even mean all of those things at one time.
That’s okay. In fact, it is terrific.
Your child is gaining a tremendous amount of self-confidence and self-esteem by dressing themselves.
And you can bet that I will be that woman in the grocery store that tells your preschooler how much I love the outfit they picked out.
YOU should be that woman too.
Don’t question your child’s choices unless there is an obvious problem. And by a problem, I mean wanting to wear a swimsuit to the movie theater, trying to wear their winter coat when it is 100 degrees outside, and fussing over wearing designated clothing for special occasions like a wedding.
Non-matching clothes is not a problem. I repeat. Your child’s clothes do NOT need to match.
So, push your own insecurities aside, and let your child choose their own clothes.
Read all 50 pieces of advice I shared in honor of my 50th birthday.