I think it is important to have my kids looking nice. When my Ds (now 13) was in preschool I volunteered alot. There were kids there that were obviously not well taken care of. Dirty body and clothes, they were treated diferently by the teachers and aids. It made an impression on me I want to have my children treated with respect, but without squashing thier creativity.
My own mother doesnt think thier dressed well enough even with my standards she has in the past bought and kept clothes at her house for them to wear at her house. Sheesh!
That doesnt mean that I haven't let my DD wear a tigger party hat and bounce everywhere she went, I did LOL! My 4 yo is obcessed with a pair of black cowboy boots, he wears them everywhere, at least his shorts and shirt are matching and clean! But with 2 kids in public school and 3 at home, going with me every where, they have to hold to a certain standard of "dressed" Hair combed and pulled back for dd, Shaved heads for Ds's (4 of them) Clean, brushed teeth, clean clothes etc.
I have sent them back to re dress if I don't like what thy are wearing. Granted with boys it's easy to dress them in denim shorts or jeans and a tee shirt. 8 yo likes hawaiian shirts. DD knows what is expected but also wants to fit in w/ her peers so I don't worry about her much.
As a WAHM I don't have alot of money so I shop Thrift stores. I also have a couple of rich friends who's kids are just a year older than my kids so I get thier hand me downs on a constant basis. I just put a whole basket of DS 8yo clothes in hiding because they are good enough for school next year.
Church is the one thing I'm really picky about, the boys need white dress shirts, and dress pants. the older ones have ties. My DD needs to wear a dress that is modest, clean and becoming. (my DH is a knock out in his black suit red tie and suspenders YUMMY!)
My Youngest Ds's are 2 1/2 yrs apart but wear the same size, I admit that when we are going out I will dress them the same or similar. LOL
: Since I only have one girl I do it w/ my boys.
My kids are nicely dressed, clean, and happy they are allowed to play and get dirty. But they look nice in public most of the time. LOL!
Michelle LS, LLL, UCPB, LC wannabe