Parents are so aware of supplies that they have to buy for kids when it comes to back to school time and spend an enormous amount of time and energy making sure they have everything they need. But they often overlook the most obvious need, at least for the child.
Kids getting ready for back to school do think about the supplies that they need, sure, but that is not really what is most important. What they wear is.
Let me tell you a personal story.
Close to the end of summer, just before I was going into my first year of high school (grade 9), I was frantic about what I should wear. We had just moved to a new area so I didn’t know very many peers, and I certainly did not know what was “in” style. What I did know was that I wanted to look good the first day of school.
I talked to my Mum about it but she didn’t really seem to understand what I was saying. She said I had plenty of clothes that would work just fine.
That wasn’t the point.
I was trying to explain to her that on the first day of school you can be judged so much by how you look. It’s not the price tag, or designer label, its that it is something that the other kids haven’t seen you in, or something that lets them know who you are by the style of clothing. Plus wearing something that makes you feel strong when you face that first day.
Finally after a couple of weeks of talking about this my Mum took me out to buy a new outfit for school. I was thrilled to bits she did. But not so thrilled to bits with the outcome. The only outfit that I could afford, from my baby sitting money, in truth embarrassed me. But at least it was new.
So what is my point in suggesting this gift for kids?
As much as what a kid wears the first day of school shouldn’t matter, it does. What you want to give them is something to show that they fit in. Not so much that the clothes they are wearing are the same as everyone else, but that they have something NEW they are wearing. Something they can feel good about themselves in.
Something that they won’t be made fun for wearing.
If you want to give your child, or a child you care about, something that they will remember for years to come please do take the time to find them a clothing that gives them the security in themselves and how they appear to others the first day of school.
I have some great clothing for kids here