Mom to Lee, Jake, Brandon, Rocco
Stepmom to Ryan, Regan, Braden, Baley
Granddaughters Kylie 10/18/2010 & Aleya 4/22/2013
I never consider a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosopy, as a cause for withdrawing from a friend. --Thomas Jefferson
Yeah, I think having standards is fine (although a belt feels sorta random, but whatever). I will definitely stop my son when he has jeans on that are ripped, and he knows not to wear his Bart Simpson shirt to school too....keep it respectful. But he lives in jeans and Star Wars t-shirts very happily. My daughter loves picking out her clothes for the day and when she's at home all day she changes several times. I love it in a way, she's just expressing herself creatively, I think it's fun. For school I'll have to keep an eye on the weather and make sure she's wearing things that fit -- and not her Rapunzel costume -- but otherwise I'm happy to have her wear what makes her happy. She obviously chooses her clothes with care.
When my daughter went to private school she wore a uniform. At least $40 an outfit. The first year, it was hard. After that I looked at all the thrift stores, talked to parents with older children and bought most of the uniforms used. It really did not end up being that expensive when I could buy them used. Buying new was crazy though. One nice thing about homeschooling is they can go dressed as Tinkerbell if they want. (I do make them get dressed every day though. It just helps get into the school mindset)
I'm just glad I don't have to buy my kids special clothes just for school. They just wear their regular stuff. Easy.