It’s School Picture Day!
Most parents dress their kids up or, if their children are highly motivated, then their children will find a way to dress themselves up; everyone wants to look their very best on School Picture Day.
But… in our house – things are a little different and here’s why.
Why I let my kids wear what they want on School Picture Day
1. It’s honestly just not worth the battle
My son HATES dressing up and we figured that out when he was really little. When he was in Pre-K (4 years old) we wanted him to wear a nice light blue Ralph Lauren Polo Shirt, a pair of Ralph Lauren Khakis, and a pair of dress shoes. “NOOOOOOOO – I’m not wearing that!” My son wouldn’t even put the clothes on – just looking at them caused him to cry and have a meltdown. Because my son has never really dressed-up before. He would wear shorts and tees or athletic wear every day. I mean the kid doesn’t even wear jeans! So, the thought of wearing something out of the norm was incredibly upsetting to him. We ended up compromising and he agreed to wear the Polo shirt (the one I wanted him to wear) with a pair of plaid shorts (that he decided was the least-worst option to wear.) When we received his photo – his eyes were red and puffy from crying, he looked miserable and honestly, it just didn’t look like him because he was wearing clothes he normally wouldn’t wear.
2. Keep it REAL
If your kid doesn’t dress up – like, ever – then why would you want to look back on a school photo that isn’t truly representing your kid or their style? Don’t you want to remember all of their quirky little fashion trend phases?
3. Does it really matter?
Personally, I would rather save the “clothing battle” for Family photos, or Weddings, etc. But, honestly, I let my kids wear what they want. My son wore athletic wear to my Mom’s funeral. And guess what? It was fine. He was bathed, well behaved and showed up; to me, that’s way more important than what specifically he was wearing. I am more than certain my Mom didn’t care either. Why? Because my free spirit comes from her. As children, she let my siblings and I wear what we wanted on picture day, at church (when we went) and during holidays. My Mom let us express who we were as individuals at a very young age. She never complained when I showed up with piercings, pink hair, or even tattoos. My mother just supported me in everything that I did. And now I support my kids. Be honest. Does it truly matter what your kid is wearing on school picture day? Wouldn’t you rather remember that silly phase they went through then having them look clean, crisp and dressed to the max, with puffy eyes from all of the crying?
So, the next time your child wants to wear a polyester shirt that says “Forget the Pain” (2 years in a row!) because it’s their favorite shirt for picture day… **My son asked to be blurred out**
Why not – just say yes?!
What do your kids wear on School Picture Day? Let me know in the comments below.