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Dressing for the Occasion

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There are some children who love to dress up. Given the opportunity, you will find that kid wearing a bow tie and suspenders to the grocery, or a tutu at the park. There are other kids, though, who you have to force into a clean pair of pants and a nice sweater in order to go visit Grandma. Every kid is different, that's for sure. 

How can you find that comfortable middle ground when it comes to the concept of dressing up?

Don't make it a battle. If your children are anything like mine, the moment that they know we are arguing, it becomes a life or death struggle that they simply must win, no matter what. The minute that I declare that a particular outfit simply must be worn - well, I know that there's absolutely zero chance of it happening.

Instead, work on a compromise that you may need before it becomes necessary. When you change clothes over for the new season, take the opportunity to put together a few acceptable outfits and share them with your child.

What if your child refuses to dress up? Talk it over, try to find an area of compromise, and realize that you may just have to set an edict - your son can wear jeans whenever he wants, but it's non negotiable to wear dress pants to church, for example. Try to save the absolutes for times that truly need them - the fewer times you force them to dress up, the more important those times are.

Take your child's comfort into consideration. I have a child who is a high functioning autistic, and she is very overly sensitive to many articles of clothing. No matter how adorable that red and white striped turtleneck is, there's absolutely no way that I will ever be able to get her to wear it. Same thing with tights. Instead, we look for a nice pair of seamless cotton leggings that will work with her dresses, and wash everything several times with sensitive detergent.  

What if your child loves to "dress fancy", and you'd like him to relax once in a while? Well, that an be more difficult that getting a child to dress up. I know that I've had to just go with it sometimes, and be that mom in the grocery store with a daughter wearing a tiara and tutu. Luckily, being overly dressed up doesn't hurt anyone, and most parents have been there at least once in their parenting career and understand what you are going through.

How do you compormise when it comes to dressing up? Are your children more apt to be overly dressed up or more casual?


by on Dec. 17, 2012 at 9:20 AM
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by New Member on Dec. 17, 2012 at 7:20 PM
The teenagers dress up all on their own . DS 11 is a whole other story . He has to be bribed in to dressing up
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by New Member on Dec. 17, 2012 at 8:35 PM

my kids wear what i put out for them, no questions asked!

by on Dec. 17, 2012 at 8:58 PM

I don't have any problem with my dd regarding how she dresses.  She's very agreeable when it comes to clothing.

by New Member on Dec. 17, 2012 at 9:13 PM
Right now they don't have much of a choice. Still to young. Although they both would rather go naked or in diapers
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by Member on Dec. 17, 2012 at 9:14 PM

My kids really go with the flow when it comes to how they dress.  We have nos issues with the, dressing up or casual or whatever.

by on Dec. 18, 2012 at 7:08 AM

She would be dressed up every day if she could, she has a real problem with "play" clothes.

by on Dec. 18, 2012 at 8:35 AM

We are rather casual and don't really have dress up clothing to wear.

by Member on Dec. 18, 2012 at 9:00 AM

DD don't mind it if the occasion calls for it 

by New Member on Dec. 18, 2012 at 10:50 AM

DS us definitely more casual due to him being 3 and kinda messy when he eats. I like to go a little business casual...slacks and a nice shirt. :)

by Member on Dec. 18, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Choices. They are more willing to cooperate if they get a choice.

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