Shopping is probably the most difficult part of the back-to-school process, especially if you have elementary-age children, and it starts all over again once winter begins to thaw. Replacing clothes ruined in the fall and getting the right looks for the spring palette requires engaging your sons and daughters all over again. Aside from the difficulty of getting them to concentrate on the task at hand, you have to deal with all the attendant chaos of small children in a store. Don’t knock anything over, don’t hide in racks of clothing, and don’t open anything until we buy it – it’s so much to remember!
But if you’re reading this, you have the solution at your fingertips. You can get all you need for the spring, from children’s formal wear to accessories, with some online shopping. Pull junior up a seat, or give them some space on your lap so they can follow you on your shopping expedition.
To get more participation out of your kids, make them their own shopping list. Type up everything they need in a neat list, with a check box next to each item. Children like the feeling of accomplishment that comes with completing all the items on a list. If you want to make it more fun, offer a reward for getting everything checked off the list.
Shopping for clothes should be the most fun part of your virtual shopping expedition. Make sure to show your kids all the different colors they can choose from. Ask for their top 3 favorite colors, so you can hunt for the ideal shade together.
For ordinary outfits, remind them that they need an outfit for each day of the week. Consider giving them a visual aid – print and cut out pictures of items of clothing and show them how to mix and match tops and bottoms. Ask them to show you what they think will match with what. Throw some shoes in the mix for extra variety, and maybe a few bows and sweaters.
Remind them that they need outfits for dress-up occasions as well. It won’t be too hard to get your daughter to get caught up in the wide variety of elegant girls dresses. Your son can get in on the action – bowties or Windsor knots? Suspenders or a belt? You have endless options for personalizing your boy’s suits.
If you’re feeling really creative, try a paper doll project! First, print out a picture of your daughter, facing forward, standing straight. Make it approximately the same size as the online pictures of the dresses. Print out pictures of dresses from the website and let her play with putting different outfits on her personalized paper doll. Getting kids to participate in the decision-making process will get them super excited for the day their new outfits arrive in the mail.