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When Should Kids Start To Pick Out Their Own Clothes?

Little girl picked her own clothes
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I’ve always said that I never want to wish away my kids’ childhoods. By that I mean I’m never going to say, “I can’t wait until I don’t have to do ___ anymore.” You can fill in the blank with whatever you’d like. But there’s something to be said, too, about kids gaining a little independence and also taking a bit of a load off of their parents.

There’s also something to be said about that song “You’re Gonna Miss This” by Trace Adkins. Things that you look at as hassles and chores now are things that you will one day miss doing for your kids.

So when do you let your kids start to pick out their own clothes? From experience, that takes a whole lot of letting go. I’ve never been one for fashion or anything, but I like my kids to look good when they go out in public. (Thankfully, my wife has always picked out their clothes for them). Honestly, if they picked out their clothes, they would probably look just as good as if I picked them out.  However, that’s not saying much.

So when is it time to finally let them do their own thing and show a bit of their personality?  Is it OK in first grade? Not until middle school? What do you think?

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