Mum lets three-year-old son dress her for a week


When it comes to getting dressed, parents are usually the ones calling the shots. Is it a shorts and T-shirt kind of day, or will the kids need boots and a raincoat? But what if we put the shoe on the other foot, so to speak – and put the toddler in charge of choosing the day’s outfits? One mum did just that, and here’s what she found out.

US mum-of-two Summer Bellessa decided to let three-year-old son Rockwell choose her outfits for five days. “How crazy could it be? I like everything in my closet, and I mix and match items all the time. Well, let’s just say it was interesting,” she writes on Babble.

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His choices included some not-so-traditional colour pairings, a unique long sock, dress and pink sandshoe combo, and mismatched shoes teamed with three T-shirts. And while Summer says she was a little self-conscious at times, the exercise was “liberating”.

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“I realised how little people really care about what you’re wearing. The pressure we put on ourselves to look a certain way is just that – pressure we put on ourselves. I wore two different shoes for two days, and no one noticed until I pointed it out,” she writes.

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She says it showed the importance of being having fun: “Silliness is good for your kids and for your heart. Don’t take yourself to (seriously); they’re just clothes.”

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Summer says Rockwell enjoyed having his opinions heard, but had had enough of being the clothes boss by the end of the five days. “I would recommend letting your little one pick your outfit one day this week and seeing how it goes,” she says.

Would you try this with your kids? What do you think they’d get you to wear?

(Images via Babble)


Michelle Rose

Michelle Rose

Michelle is a journalist and mum to two girls who are obsessed with dinosaurs, fairies, pirates and princesses in equal measure. She lives in Melbourne's east with her husband, daughters and a giant, untameable labradoodle. Michelle loves all things vegetarian, wine (it's a fruit) and online shopping.

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