My two children are very different. My daughter, an aspiring pop star, is always red carpet ready and wouldn't dare wear sweats. Meanwhile my son, a wannabe scientist, has never met a hoodie he didn't like. I used to fight with them to wear the adorable outfits I picked out, only to give up so we could get out of the house. I've since learned that their style is an important extension of who they are and needs to be nurtured. If you're frustrated with battling about clothes, you should know that there are some important reasons why your kid should dress themselves.
It may seem that your child is just using their odd fashion choices to get under your skin, but there's something more way important going on. Her insistence on wearing that green sweater, orange socks, and tiara to school is rooted in a need to exercise some control in her life, according to Today's Parent. Every day, adults are telling children what to eat and when to sleep. This is their chance to make herself heard.
Although you may not want to be caught dead wearing socks with sandals, it might be better for your child if you don't report him to the fashion police. The practice of getting dressed on his own will help your child develop his motor skills and leave him with a sense of accomplishment — a huge confidence booster. But if your child's unique style makes you cringe, don't worry, as Today's Parent mentioned, this desire to be different usually ends in first grade, when there is more social pressure to fit in with the group.
Still not convinced? Here are a few reasons why you should let your child dress themselves — no matter how ridiculous the outfit may be.