At some point or another, your kids will want to be more involved with dressing themselves. It isn’t because you have bad taste, but rather, your kids are growing up. Wanting control over what they wear is inevitable and good as it helps kids express their individuality and independence. Here are some tips for helping your kids get dressed.
Wait, what? Letting your kids dress themselves doesn’t mean relinquishing full control. However, you may run into a tantrum or two if you simply pick their options for them. Make it a collaborative effort. When your child picks their clothes, make gentle suggestions. If you think something would look better than what they’ve selected, don’t simply say “that looks bad,” but give them an alternative.
If you’re not a fan of the sweater they’ve chosen, provide an alternative. They may make some odd choices, but part of growing up is also learning what works and what doesn’t, so don’t rob them of that lesson.
Trial and Error
A lot of the time, kids will make some questionable choices. They’ll pick costumes over practical options suitable for the existing weather conditions, etc. Chances are if you tet them (briefly) wear the light clothes in freezing weather once and they won’t do it twice.This may send you into a tizzy but sometimes you just have to let them look a little foolish, to drive those lessons home.
A lot of the first couple tries of kids dressing themselves may end badly. They might not take to your suggestions. They may pick ridiculous options that you can’t accept (like a bathing suit in the winter for example), the possibilities are endless. Eventually, they’ll get the hang of it, so be patient and embrace the process.
There are certain instances where there might be a dress code or different cultural/social rules that don’t have a lot of flexibility. For instance, your kids may be required to wear cultural garb, or there might be an event like a wedding where there is a dress code, or perhaps your kids attend a school with a uniform. These scenarios can be tough as there is not a lot of flexibility in what your kids can wear, so how can you help them stand out?
You can always help them stand out by letting them pick their own accessories, like socks or a bag or a hat. It is a small gesture that goes a long way. Though it may not feel like a lot of choice at first, being able to pick something will make them feel like they had some part in getting dressed.
Though every generation seems to claim to have the most wholesome programming, many parents these days are finding there to be a real dry spell for kids cartoons. Anne of Green Gables is a timeless classic that everyone, regardless of age, always goes back to. The story has re-emerged in the public’s mind lately because Anne Shirley is such a strong role model, particularly for girls.
In the early 2000s, controversy arose regarding the Bratz doll franchise which spun into a television series. The characters had pouting lips, wore makeup, and mini-skirts with fishnet stockings. Not exactly age appropriate for the four to eight year old girls they were targeting. To make matters worse many of the episodes promoted vanity, a constant plot point throughout the two-year run was the girls being seen without make up. Heaven forbid.
Anne: The Animated Series is a beautiful children’s series that teaches kids valuable lessons, while having some fun. Anne Shirley is an imaginative little girl. Outspoken, and sometimes a little over the top, she is a great female role model for young girls. She’s smart, often going toe to toe with Gilbert, the other smartest kid in her class. She also sticks up for herself and her friends. Anne utilizes her active imagination to help her solve problems. Anne is only 10 years old and like every little girl, is prone to making mistakes. How she resolves them is what’s important.
Rather than make clothing or having fancy possessions, the kids in this series act like they’re supposed to—like kids. Though many of us can remember a time when all we wanted to be was older, the tendency in modern cartoons to make children’s animated characters look like teenagers is troubling. Childhood is a precious time, filled with milestones to experience and precious lessons to learn, and although that takes time, childhood doesn’t last forever. As many a parent can attest, kids grow up fast enough as it is.
Adolescence will provide more challenges and that’s why it’s so important that kids learn valuable lessons through good role models. Lessons that Anne: The Animated Series teaches like learning the value of money and to save, to not judge others based on appearances and many more, are important.
If you’re looking for an animated series with a great female role model, Anne: The Animated Series is it. You can watch all of Anne’s animated adventures on DVD!