Life as a toddler is all about control. Not having enough of it and trying to figure out how to get it. (Don't we all want a little more control of our lives?) As a parent of an opinionated toddler, it's about picking your battles, and something I'm trying to do a better job at. Not everything has to be a life teaching moment, and he's not often going to make the better choice. As long as he's safe to himself and others, I'm trying to let some things go.
This back to school season, we took the kids shopping for a few soon-to-be Fall shopping essentials, and I let Liam pick out his new duds. I even give him options during online shopping, too. Of course Liam navigates to anything with a super hero on it, so we try to balance out those "fun" pieces with some basic ones, too. I love to getting to see his style come to life, and find out why he liked something (typically has to do with a favorite color of the way the item feels - soft).
It's also a great opportunity for me to tell him about certain brands and relevant initiatives that are giving back to the world. Like right now, Stride Rite is donating a percentage of their profits now through September 5th to Soles4Souls, a non-profit committed to fighting poverty around the world and specializing in giving shoes to kids in need. I'm not sure if Liam fully understands the importance of initiatives, non-profits and companies like these, but someday he will. For now, he could tell it meant something and felt good about picking out a pair of shoes from Stride Rite to be apart of giving back.
Do you have any back-to-school shopping tips for getting your kids involved or avoiding a meltdown?