Mrs Adams and I have the occasional, shall we say, “discussion” when it comes to my approach to dressing the children. I’m very practically minded and will put them in clothes that are rugged or, if I know they will be playing outside, something a little past its best.
Mrs Adams doesn’t always agree with this. She will often select clothes that look smart and tidy.
When it comes to pairing clothes and making the kids look their best, I have to concede that my wife does a better job than I do. I can’t claim this is a strong point of mine. If the kids are going to a party or some social gathering I more often than not let her take care of the kids’ sartorial needs.
For the sake of my own reputation, can I stress the same does not apply when I’m dressing myself. I may sometimes ask Mrs Adams what she thinks about a certain item of clothing, but I generally go my own way and, so my wife tells me, I dress myself well. If there’s one sight I find depressing it’s a man being taken round a clothes store by a wife / girlfriend. It just makes me want to scream; “You’re a grown man, take responsibility for yourself!” I digress, let me get back to the matter in hand.
When it comes to dressing Toddler Adams for nursery, it’s all about making sure she’s dressed for play. I know that she will be tearing round with other kids; painting, doing other arts and crafts and playing outside. If there is a clean pair of tracksuit bottoms to hand, I will, nine times out of ten, stick her in these and a jumper or tee shirt and cardigan or hooded top.
It’s not that I don’t care, it’s just that I expect her to get dirty. To my mind there’s very little point in dressing her up too smartly.
I do, however, see other kids wearing the most amazing clothes to nursery. While they look great, I’m not too sure of the wisdom of dressing up a child in expensive clothes while they’re in the midst of being potty trained.
What is your approach? Do you go for looks over practicality? Am I doing Toddler Adams a disservice? Maybe you think I’ve got the right idea? I’d be very interested to know.