Ways to Encourage Personal Style In Kids

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As your child gets older, the days of picking out their clothes and decorating their room come to an end. They start to develop their own personality and want to reflect it in how they look, what they listen to, and what they do. For parents, this can be an exciting and stressful time as you try to keep up. Here are three ways you can help your kids develop their own personal styles as they grow into adulthood. 

Take Them Shopping With You 

 

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The first step to letting your child develop their own sense of style is to involve them in the buying process. Instead of running errands while they’re at school, schedule some time on the weekend to go shopping with them. For example, you can take them to Pottery Barn to look for a new desk or bed frame if they’ve outgrown their childhood bed.   

If your child is reaching the teen years where they don’t want to be seen with you, set a budget that they have to work with or give them cash that limits how much of your money they spend. If they want something more expensive, they will have to work for the money themselves. 

Invest in Decor That’s Easy to Change 

Kids and teens are known for going through phases, whether they develop multiple “favorite sports” ranging from basketball to football to karate or go through teenage cheerleader, goth, and punk rocker phases. One week they seem completely involved in something, and then dramatically change the next. This can be hard for parents who are constantly trying to guess what their kids like. 

Bed Bath and Beyond has a great selection of teen and tween decor options, from wall art to color combinations. Instead of dramatically redoing their entire bedroom, invest in a few small pieces that reflect their style at the time but can be changed later. This allows you to change their room based on their style without breaking the bank. 

Teach Them the Value of a Good Deal 

Teenagers in particular become obsessed with how they look and dress, which can be frustrating to parents who are trying to stay on the latest trends. As your child starts to develop an individual style, take them to local discount or thrift stores and let them choose their clothes. (This also keeps the expense of constant interest changes low.) 

If you’re able to teach them how to get the best deals early on, they can keep changing their styles to meet their personalities throughout their teens and early twenties. Plus, thrift shops are known for having all kinds of wacky items that can draw out their creative personalities. 

We all look back at the styles of our youth (90s hairstyles and jazzercise outfits) and cringe a little, and your kids will probably do the same. Growing up is about experimenting with what you like and learning what you don’t. By giving your kids a mixture of support and freedom, they should grow to make fashion mistakes and successes of their own. 

 

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28 thoughts on “Ways to Encourage Personal Style In Kids

  1. These are good suggestions. It can be pretty freaky when suddenly your “little” doesn’t like what you pick out! It is fun, and a whole lot simpler, when they don’t seem to be too opinionated, and much harder when they wouldn’t want to be seen with you at the mall!!!

  2. I’m a huge advocate of allowing a child to develop their own style and charm. I really love the idea of taking them out for the weekend to pick things they would like. I can’t wait to see what my daughter will like to wear when she is a teenager haha

  3. Wonderful selections. Always think that including and asking your kids what they want and choices is important. It is their room. Taking them shopping and teach them.

  4. Letting go is very difficult for me because I have such a type-A personality however, I still try to nurture independence in my kids. Their walls are covered (or as they put it – decorated) with pictures, random drawings, etc. That seems to be enough for them!

  5. Great advice for parents with growing children. I love to see how they grow with their room and decor. I have two grand daughters now who are starting to change things up a bit.

  6. I think it will be interesting to see what my two toddlers end up liking. I love shopping at party barn they have so many cool things.

  7. As someone who is interested in personal style and the power it has in your life, I really love this post. I think kids should always be encourage to express themselves within reason. Love it!

  8. Honestly, my kids don’t even care what their personal space looks like and it drives me nuts. Perhaps because they’re boys. But my daughter on the other hand loves keeping her space beautiful.

  9. These are great tips for ways parents can encourage personal style in their kids. I do believe you need to let them express themselves but sometimes with limitations or compromise. Thanks for sharing the tips.

  10. My son’s developing taste in clothes had me shaking my head. From late elementary school through middle school, he favored big baggy jeans and those oversized, Hawaiian-type button-up shirts featuring superheros or anime characters. UGH! He wised up when he entered high school. lol

  11. My mom did this with us growing up. My favorite color is pink, my sister’s is blue, and my brother’s is red. We always had fun coordinating our belongings with our bedspreads and accessories. My grandmother even sent us matching clock radios with fun gooseneck lamps!

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