My two boys (ages 7 and 9) enjoy going barefoot in the summer, a practice which we support (we are a real barefoot type of family all the time). I don't just mean barefoot once in awhile in the summer, but 24/7. Once school goes out around the first of June, their shoes come off and they toss them to the back of their closets and don't wear them again until school starts near the beginning of September. We have discovered that there are a ton of places that don't mind kids (and/or adults) coming in barefoot: the library, post office, some dept. stores, parks, zoos, waterparks etc. etc. So we just basically let the boys go wherever shoeless and it doesn't often cause any undue problems. In fact, we have noticed that many places that post a "shoes required" policy don't really enforce it for kids. The only negative comes from some people (mainly senior citizens) who make comments, either to us, to the boys or under their breaths, that are not necessarily kind ("Hmmm...do you need shoes?" "My grandchildren have some shoes that I could give to you if you need them" "I didn't think barefeet were allowed in here" "The nerve of some parents" "Oh, look at those poor kids without shoes!"). While these are the minority of comments, and we often get positive comments from many people about how "cool" the boys look in the hot summer, I still just want to tell these people to mind their own business and that "NO! My boys aren't hurting for shoes!" We have plenty of money for shoes...we just choose to let them go barefoot if they want. Does anyone else experience this with their "barefoot babes" ? We plan on continuing to allow our boys to go barefoot as much as they like, wherever they like, but what are some strategies for dealing with the occasional not-so-nice commentary?
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6/23/05 at 12:43am