The Battle Over Clothing: It Is Just a Phase, Right?
At some point in time, the battle over clothes happens to all parents. When you first bring home that little baby from the hospital, he (or she) doesn’t have an opinion over what outfit he will wear that day. Honestly, he doesn’t really care…the only thing on that little one’s mind is when mommy (or daddy) will be in next to feed him. However, this stage doesn’t last long.
For most parents, their kids start developing opinions over which colors and styles of clothing they wear at a young age…say around three or four. Most of the time this happens once kids start going to school and are around other kids their age. They suddenly start to think about how their peers will perceive the clothes they wear. And, this is when the battle over clothing begins at home between kids and parents. Parents usually have certain outfits they think look best on their kids, and usually, young children develop a different opinion about which pieces of clothing they think looks good.
Although it might be stressful for a while because you child wants to leave the house in a red shirt, brown pants and black and white shoes (or another mismatched outfit), just remember that this is an important step all children go through as they begin to start learning how to dress themselves. It’s part of them gaining their independence.
If you really can’t stand to let your little one go out completely mismatched, then try putting together two or three outfits each night before bed and let your child pick which one he or she likes best. Sometimes, just letting your child have the final decision is all that they want. Try not to be too concerned about this phase as it will pass.