4 Reasons Why Your Kids Should Pick Out Their Own Clothes

There comes a time in every parent’s life when it is time to stop picking out clothes for your kids and let them choose their own. Though it can be difficult to let go of this sense of control with your son, you will eventually decide that the time is right for them to make more of their own decisions in this regard. There are many positives associated with letting your kids choose their own clothes, including:

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They Can Express Their Opinions

Choosing an outfit for the first time is about so much more than simply picking something nice to wear – it also gives your kids a fantastic opportunity to express their opinions, likes and dislikes. Of course, you may find that they have totally different taste in clothing than you! Remember: the first few items that they choose are all about experimentation and finding their style.

They Can Be Individuals [Or Fit In]

When kids get to the stage of picking out their own clothing, they are also usually  developing a sense of individuality. So, when you give them the opportunity to pick out items for themselves, you are encouraging them to gain a stronger sense of self. At the same time, when many kids are picking out their clothes, they are looking to fit in with friends and other kids as school. They may also want to imitate people that they see on TV or sporting stars with clothes like Jordan retro 11 sneakers. You could also help your kids clarify their decisions by asking them what they like and the reasons they are drawn to these clothes.

You Know They Will Wear the Clothes

It is extremely frustrating to go out and buy some clothes, only for your kids to refuse to wear them. But once your kids are choosing their own clothes, you have a much better idea that they are actually going to wear the clothes. Not only this, you can put an end to those morning arguments about what they are going to wear. This is all part of passing over responsibility from yourself and encouraging your kids to have more of a say in the decisions in their lives.

It’s Fun!

The final reason why you should entrust more responsibility to your kids to choose their own clothes is simply that it is fun! For them, they are discovering a new freedom which they didn’t have in the past. For you, you are seeing your son taking steps towards becoming a man, which is always an incredible thing to witness.

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  1. I love that you talked about letting your own kids choose their clothes because it’s just fun to see what they choose. My partner and I are trying to get new clothes for our family this week because it’s been a while since we went shopping. My son especially needs some new shoes that are better for summer.

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