Do you let your child dress herself?

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Do you let your child dress herself?

I’m creative. My daughter is creative. I encourage creativity in many ways- one of which is letting my daughter dress herself. I should also mention that I’m into fashion… so when she looks crazy, it’s irksome and sometimes downright embarrassing. Sometimes I wonder what people think- her teacher, for example. Please tell me they know she is choosing her own clothes!

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  1. I completely agree with letting children dress themselves. It fosters creativity and confidence through self expression. It is hard to watch at times though. I have always wanted to make a button that says “I dressed myself”. For me it works as a disclaimer, for my boys it would be a source of pride. Either way people know that that outfit was not of my doing. I do not want to break their spirit by telling them they look bad. I try to find my own creative ways to teach them what matches by asking their opinion on my own outfits and sometimes sharing opinions of what other people we see wear…and we see some very interesting outfits in South Florida. However, they know I hold the trump card when it comes to picture days, fancy dinners or something like that.

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    1. Good point about the trump card. I play that, too, when it really matters! And I remember a family I babysat for in college had engraved silver “nametags” for their sons that said “Hi! I dressed myself today.” I might need to get one of those. 🙂

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  2. UGH! This is my nightmare. The moment I realized my son was not going to let me dictate his wardrobe was almost the end of my existence. I know this all sounds dramatic, some may say I am quite dramatic! I was getting ready to go to a christmas party with some friends, adults and children. My ex husband was instructed to shower and dress him “Nice” before he dropped him. Well he was dressed and showered and in my opinion was not “party” ready! So I said to my son, “let us go in and change real quick before we go to Mias” and he quickly responded “I am dressed and I think I look good”. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
    I got upset and it bothered me. We even started to argue a little until I realized I could no longer control him and his clothes. We want our children to be what we want them to be. BORING! After I gathered myself and my issues with his outfit I was grinning from ear to ear. I was so thrilled to know he was going to stand up to anyone, even his mom!!! This is what I am wearing and I like it! I was proud. Oh and I believe I am a fashionista as well, this is why this was troublesome for me!

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