My 6 year old is going through a ‘ninja’ stage. He loves everything and anything ninja related. He happens to have a green shirt with a ninja on it, that was a Christmas gift from family. Thanks to his current obsession, I have been having to wash that shirt at least a few times a week. He wears it all. the. time.
|All ninja. All the time.|
The end result is… interesting.
Now my daughter is starting to get picky with her clothes. She is only 17 months old!! She opens her drawer, holds up clothes and shakes her head ‘No’ and puts it back or nods ‘Yes’ and hands it to me to dress her. If I don’t agree with her decision she will run away from me screaming. She also is obsessed with the same two outfits. (see one of them below)
I did try for awhile, to buy my son what I consider ‘cute’ outfits. Clothes like my husband wears, but in little boy sizes. They would just SIT in his dresser. And the one or two t-shirts that he liked would be worn over and over again. Finally, I just gave up. Now, the only time I make him wear an outfit I selected, is on Christmas Eve & Easter.
|This past Easter, Hudson started in one outfit, but somehow ended up wearing one of ‘his’ shirts before the day was done.|
However, he always loves what he is wearing and I ALWAYS compliment his outfit. For kids, especially young kids, choosing the way they dress is one of the few decisions they can actually make on their own. I think it is important to give them this small freedom as a way to build confidence, in themselves and in their choices. So for now, my dreams of making my son and daughter matching mini fashion icons will have to wait. And let’s be real, that means I would have to step up MY fashion game, and we all know that ain’t happening.
What are some ways you help build your child’s confidence?