My wife and I have different ideas regarding how our children should be dressed. I’m not saying she’s better at it, but…
Bruce says: Don’t remove the string tying the shoes together when you buy them – it’ll slow your kids down making it easier to catch them when they do a runner. Plus it keeps them in pairs.
Tracey says: You want shoes that are comfortable and durable and look nice. But more importantly, easy to put on. Young kids often want to ‘do it myself’ and only a fool, or possibly Bruce, will stop this from occurring. Slip-ons or shoes with Velcro straps work best. It’s been our experience laces are for when they’re a bit older. We want to encourage them towards independence. It’s why I’ve bought Bruce thongs.
Bruce says: Buy on special. Special. Special. Special. It doesn’t matter what it is, they’ll wreck it.
Tracey says: You don’t save money buying clothes on special if they don’t match with their existing wardrobe. A photographers tip is to pick three colours, not just one. But if they like pink, for example, use it to accent more neutral colours like white, cream or denim. It’s like decorating a bedroom: if the bed frame, walls, sheets and cushions are all pink it’ll be too much. You’re better off paying full price for the right item rather than buying several at half price which either don’t go with anything or require several more purchases to make a set.
Bruce says: Waste of money. They can just wear undies and a tee.
Tracey says: No. Just, no. If nothing else, pyjamas signal bed time. Better yet, find pj’s with their favourite movie or TV character on them because they’ll want to wear them. Anything we can do to make our kids want to go to bed is worth doing.
Note from Bruce: I hadn’t thought of that. I retract my answer.
Bruce says: Let them dress themselves. No one notices what your kid is wearing.
Tracey says: Everyone notices how your kids are dressed. While I wholeheartedly agree they should be encouraged to dress themselves, I think the key here is a coordinated wardrobe with maybe some subtle parental guidance. Bruce used to bring his oldest daughter, who was three, into work when we were dating and I’d cringe. Nothing matched. No two items of the five or six layers she was wearing. So again, buy stuff which coordinates because my experience has been that even when your husband does step in and help dress your kids he’s just going to reach blindly into the drawer and grab whatever.
Tracey says: The beauty of shopping at BIGW for your kid’s clothes is that the range is substantial and you can mix and match right there in the store. The prices are better than reasonable (you’ll be happy, Bruce, because it’s like they’re already on sale), the quality is definitely there and the items are just beautiful.
Bruce says: The beauty of shopping at BIGW for your kid’s clothes is that they have a really great electronics and gaming section to browse around while Tracey is picking stuff out.
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