If you’re going school shopping with your son or daughter, don’t select
clothing for them that you know they wouldn’t wear. Every parent wants their
children to look their best, but ‘best’ is relative when you have different
tastes. For every clothing item that you know will look great on your kid(s),
select something that you know your son or daughter will love to wear. This
will help to establish compromise in your relationship, and will let your
children know that you trust their judgment. If you show your son or daughter that
you encourage their sense of fashion independence (even though you may not
agree with it), you may even be able to convince them to wear an outfit or two
that you pick out.
Remember, there will be plenty of time for your son or daughter to figure
out a look that is right for them, so one year of questionable fashion choices
isn’t the end of the world. Selecting clothes that you know your child will
want to wear also shows that you care about their opinions, and it’s another
way to show your support. And, no matter how old your son or daughter is,
they’re always going to need your support.