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Ten Steps to Show Your Child's Own Style

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Ten Steps to Show your Child's Own Style

This article is here to help parents improve their child's fashion according to them and you. Often parents send their children to school in what they may feel "Looks right". This is a big fashion Children today are not interested in the same things that we used to be; though you don't understand why; your children do. This creates hostility in the family as well as in the school; making room for poor learning and social skills. Come on do you really want your child to be labeled "different" because of something that you could have simply and cheaply fixed? The importance today of style and fashion has grown since we were in their shoes. Naturally as parents we must understand that education is a large part of self-esteem and social skills. Therefore I have advised a way to please your child as well as your pocketbook. Following these tips fashion will become a breeze and your pocketbook will be at ease.

Step One: Observation

Most people have a hard time with this one. Have you walked in your child's school? When the bell rings the children flood the Halls ; but not to go home. To visit their friends and socialize. They form "clicks" as we used to call them. The groups are formed by fashion, looks, and/or parents pocketbooks. Take note: What are they wearing? Ask your child questions about the children; getting "The Who's; Who of the playground" soda speak.

Step Two: Window Shopping

This is one all mothers love. Look at their clothes; see how much the other parents are paying for them.

Step Three: Record Keeping

The clothes you've priced, keep a log about. A couple of weeks with the change; if any, and price of the clothing you saw and where they were. Also list any prices according to the store.

Step Four: Children's Opinion

Ask your child what styles they like. What groups do they hope to be in. Take a true interest in your children’s individuality. They may not like everything you pick out for them. How many times did you truly ask your child whether or not they liked something and paid attention to what they said? A lot of the times we think we are; but our facial expressions tell the tale. Most children will not disagree with you, in fear that you will be disappointed.

Step Five: Direct Contact

Make sure that when you talk to them about this you show genuine interest in what they have to say. Don't do it over dinner come to them and let them know they have your undivided attention. Children know when you are not interested; despite what you think. Sometimes they see it all to much.

Step Six: Self- esteem

As a child it is very difficult to fit in with friends. At school age children take things more to heart. The more compliments you flood them with the greater their self-esteem grows. A child is never to young to start flooding with compliments. The more positive you are with them the greater their self-esteem grows. Hearing this from a young age builds good self-esteem.

Step Seven: Open Lines of Communication

A lot of times children are unsure what to do when things bother them. A second could damage a child for years. Children that are hurt tend to bring this with them; like luggage. let them know it's always okay to talk.

Step Eight: Collect Coupons

Collecting coupons saves money that can be better spent else where. Shop at second hand stores. Sometimes finding styles in the thrift store are possible or another variation of. Buy clothes a little larger; sometimes their clothes are just to small, though we say it fits the children may think otherwise.

Step Nine: Journals

Give your child the choice to use a Journal, buy a special one just for this occasion. Sometimes an outlet is all the extra help a child needs.

Step Ten: Inspirational Voices

Give your child a power sentence. This gives them the power to understand that they can aspire to be more:

Power Statements:

-"your great"
-"you really get it this time"
-"your my number one"
-"your beautiful/handsome
-"I know you could do it"

Thank you for sharing this time with me, and remember that "Children are God's gift to us" .Your children are individuals and deserve to be treated as such.
Published: 2006-04-10
Author: Lisa Robertson

About the author or the publisher
Freelance writer and mother of four; artist in every sense of the word. Born in Grand Rapids, Michigan my city of choice is Detroit.

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