A few weeks ago, I took both boys shopping for new sneakers.
I’m normally able to use the Jedi mind trick on them to influence their choice of shoes.
This time, it didn’t go so well.
They wanted to pick out their own sneakers, which was fine until they didn’t want my opinion.
I tried persuading them to choose the sneakers I thought were cool but they both fell in love with ones I thought were…um ugly.
My older son’s are not so bad but my 3-year-old’s, well I’ll let you decided:
Left: 6-year-old’s Right: 3-year-old’s
After trying to convince them for twenty minutes my shoe choice was better, I gave up.
Then I witnessed something while sitting in the shoe aisle, that really changed the way I thought.
Even though my boys are still young, it’s important for them to make their own choices. They are learning and trying to find their way and I feel it’s my job as a mom to help guide them but also give them room to become individuals.
Tell me: do you let your children pick out their own clothes/shoes, etc? How do you allow them to make their own decisions at a young age?