Are you ready for a Preschool Teacher Pet Peeve?
Sending your kid to preschool in their best clothes.
If I saw a kid enter school in multiple tulle skirts, formal shoes, or overalls (I know, overalls are the cutest!) I knew my day was going to get a little harder. Preschool is a space for your child to learn, explore, run, jump, play, socialize, *get dirty*, practice independence in the bathroom, etc.
More often than not, tulle skirts get peed on. Overalls get peed *in.* Formal shoes aren’t conducive for your child living their best life on the playground. Any type of formal outfit will get dirty.
Send your child to school in clothes they can be independent in;
clothes that are easy to move in;
clothes that are easy to take down to independently use the toilet;
clothes that your child can put on by themselves!
Notice a theme… Independence.
There is a time and place for your child’s best clothes. If your child is really adamant they wear their holiday finest and fanciest sandals, you can explain why this isn’t an option and guide them towards a more appropriate option.
I always remind a child it is my *job* to keep them safe. That includes their body and choosing clothes that keep them comfortable, warm, and protected.
- Give your child the option to pick between two weather appropriate outfits.
- Pack away formal wear in a box so it’s not available for day-to-day use.
- Have specific school shoes that provide support for playing and activity.
- Invite your child to change into the desired fancy outfit when they get home.
Additionally, many children will pee on their clothes as they are learning how to use the bathroom (typically it happens as they are sitting on the toilet 🤦♀️). It’s part of the learning process. Having them wear outfits that foster bathroom independence allows them to focus on the areas of toilet training they are still learning, without unnecessary obstacles.
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