I”ve recently entered a new phase of parenting.
It”s called “letting your kid shop for their own clothes.”
I”m not saying I send my (almost) 5 year old to the mall by herself, but lately I have been letting her have a say in what I purchase. And you know what? It”s win-win. But let me explain how we got here.
When my daughter (and son, for that matter) was born, we were blessed with a TON of hand me downs. Then, when she was almost 2, I started buying clothing at the end of season because it was cheaper to do than then even buy clothes at consignment sales, although I still frequented those too. I “bought ahead” for 3 years, and it was a system that worked well. I still do it for my son.
However, that totally backfired this summer. Last fall online casino canada I bought her clothing for this summer in a certain size and guess what? She is growing like a weed and all the shorts I”ve bought her have been relegated for the pajama drawer because they are too short! The shirts? She likes a couple, but the rest aren”t her style. (We won”t even go into what I call “Four Year Fashion.” An example of Four Year Fashion is wearing a red shirt, navy blue shorts, and black light up fake ugg boots. But I digress.)
So, we”ve had to go shorts shopping a few times. So far I”ve only shopped at consignment stores & thrift stores, let her try things on (and prance and dance in the mirror), and let her have a say-after all, she”s the one wearing them! It”s a win-win because she gets to pick them out “all by herself” and I”m not wasting money on clothes she won”t wear. And of course, I only let her try things on that I”d be ok with her wearing- nothing too grown up. (I have noticed that a lot of little girls clothing is so “grown up,” but that”s another post for another day!)
With all this in mind, as summer ends, I”ve already picked out a date for “back to school shopping.” I”m secretly hoping it will be a day of mommy-daughter fun, and maybe something that will become a tradition. I”m hoping that Five Year Fashion matches a little better- and my secret weapon there is lots of khaki & demin bottoms. They match everything!