With the new school year rapidly approaching, more and more parents are starting to look for school clothes for their children. If you have children who are in kindergarten, first or second grade, then it’s okay to shop for their clothes yourself. However, if you have children from about age 8 and up, then you might want to allow your children to choose their own clothes and shoes, within reason, of course. Here are some important reasons why you will want to ensure that your older children participate in shopping for their clothes for the new season:
Kids are picky
Some kids are incredibly picky when it comes to everything: what they eat, what they participate in, and even what they wear. You need to ensure that you buy fun kids clothes, but what might be fun to you might not be so fun to your 10-year-old. Kids can’t help it that they’re picky, as it is often simply a normal part of growing up.
Many kids, like adults, choose the clothes that they wear as a form of self-expression. This is one important reason why you will want your kids to choose their own clothes, but with your approval. This is especially true for teens, as younger children probably haven’t reached the self-expression stage in their lives yet. You and your kids will a lot happier if you allow them to choose their own clothes, and as long as the clothes they choose are appropriate, then you should encourage them to make their own clothing choices.
Refrain from wasting your money
If you buy clothes that your kids absolutely don’t like, you will likely be throwing away money. Your kids will probably leave the clothes they dislike to collect dust in their drawers and closets instead of wearing them. You certainly don’t want to waste your money, so don’t make the mistake of shopping without your kids’ input, especially if you have teenagers.
So when purchasing your kids’ back-to-school clothes this year, no matter if you’re shopping online or at the local mall, don’t forget to let your kids decide which clothes they would like to wear. Even if your children are younger, it’s a good way to teach them decision-making skills, and how to be more independent.