As the year draws to a close, many people make New Year's Resolutions. Often they revolve around betterment of self - lose weight, become more organized, take a self defense course. Kids are less apt to make resolutions, and if they do, their resolutions tend to revolve aorund friends and love interests.
What about making a fashion resolution?
It's a fairly unknown concept, but a fashion resolution - or a shopping resolution - can be just the thing for your elementary, preteen or teenage child. What are some ways that you'd like your child to change his or her style? Would you like to shop more, or less? Would you like to get your child into clothes that wouldn't double as workout gear, or try to have your daughter tone down the pink princess outfits just a smidgen.
Make a fashion resolution.
Go over the idea with your child. Will you attempt to get your child to wear more than jeans every day? Go over the guidelines and draw up some boundaries. Then spend time together creating the outfits that you'd like to see. for a younger child, it can be helpful to take pictures and create a kind of "fashion cheat sheet". I've posted photos on my daughter's bulletin board that are labeled school and church - it helps her to see what an appropriate outfit might be, and keeps me from becoming annoyed at the 486 wardrobe changes. It also removes any argument about what is appropriate.
Maybe, though, your child has too many clothes, and your fashion resolution is more of a shopping resolution. Pick a day in the future, and vow to avoid buying any new clothes until that day. This forces children to be creative, and in many cases, they discover clothing that they didn't remember that they had.
In our house, I like to spend the last day of the year cleaning out closets and drawers in preparation for the new year. It's a great way to put away the new gear that they might have received for the holidays, remove the clothing that was replaced (hooray, the jeans with blown out knees can leave our house!) and pass down the outfits that are suddenly too small - thanks, mid season growth spurt.
Make this New Year's one to remember by making a fashion resolution!
Fashion (or shopping) resolutions [Find Their Style]