Have you been in a situation where you are trying to dress your child and one day, all of a sudden, she says she prefers this dress over the other one? Or he now prefers tees and tanks instead of the usual polos? Well you better be prepared because your kids are starting to develop their personal style – one of those exciting moments of parenthood. It’s helpful to give them some room to explore this sudden interest in fashion so that their style can further evolve. Here are some more helpful tips for moms to support your little ones as they develop their personal sense of style.
Giving small tasks to your kids, like letting them dress themselves, helps them to develop a sense of independence and accomplishment. It is important that they get to experience this to keep them motivated and to encourage them to keep experimenting. Start with small and easy dressing up activities when you’re not pressed for time, or need to leave the house in a rush. Give them ample time to practice. Little by little, they will develop their own creative ways of putting on their clothes with minimal help from you, and also be confident enough to pick their own clothes and get dressed!
Basic ideas about fashion can be learned at home. Give them compliments whenever they get it right, for example, he picked a good colour tee that matches the rest of his outfit nicely. Tell your daughter how a full skirt looks great with a fitted top. Add some simple fashion advice to let them know how colour and style play major roles in trends or looks that they want to achieve. Early education makes them aware of the basic dos and don’ts when it comes to fashion.
Total freedom is not the way to go. Make sure you are there to guide and support them with the process. Be approachable. You don’t want to make them feel like you are trying to limit their authority. If necessary, make some modifications by presenting acceptable options to choose from. That way, your child still decides for herself. If you can see that your child’s clothing choices are appropriate, you may consider giving them a bit more freedom going forward. Win-win situation for you both!
Kids are all unique. Let them express their creativity and see how their individuality shines!