Some kids naturally march to the beat of a different drummer. Some, like my son, prefer a plaid button up shirt and striped tie to a t-shirt and jeans. Others, like my daughter, will wear her jeans and sweater with fairy wings and polka dot boots.
With some gentle love and encouragement, kids can use their imaginations to drift away to other worlds, get lost in stories of generations past and future, find friends who share their love of the extraordinary, and grow up to be the most interesting of individuals.
So, what kind of kid wears a tutu and flip flops with striped socks, or shorts and a winter coat on a beautiful day in spring?
The kind of kid who:
Prefers the Rolling Stones to Yo Gabba Gabba
Rocks a vintage dress while her classmates are in the trends of the season
Hangs out with an imaginary monster named Cecil
Schools her friends in the ways of Japanese anime
Names her cat after a Powerpuff girl
Spends his days building worlds in Minecraft and Lego universes
Wears a Superman costume every day of the year
Will request a Dr. Who birthday party
Twirls her umbrella down the street under rays of sunshine
Plays fashion stylist with her dolls
Has seen every episode of Tom and Jerry
Can't wait for December and the chance to watch A Claymation Christmas
Has Converse Chucks in 14 different colors, and can't wait to get more
Speaks for the trees
Dusts off his favorite leather jacket as soon as there's a nip in the air
Has hair longer than his sister's
Sits in the grass and blows dandelion petals while everyone else plays tag
Makes music videos with a hand-me-down camcorder
Will wear only green and orange (together).
How do your kids express their individuality? How do you encourage it?