We were pressed for time, but my 4-year-old didn’t seem to care.
She refused to wear the floral print dress, tights and Mary Jane shoes I had set aside for her the night before. Instead, Alejandra held a citrus green tutu, mismatched socks and shoes in her hands. I could tell by the look on her face, she wasn’t going to give up with out a battle. So mismatched shoes — one pink and one green — it was that day.
If your child wants to wear mismatched socks or unusual color combinations, learn to just take a keepsake photo and embrace your child’s creativity!
Independent dressing is an important developmental milestone, as well as a confidence booster for a child.
Alejandra’s little hands are developing crucial motor skills, and her young mind is learning logical thinking, concentration and order. So she goes against the grain sometimes. It’s OK.
She is also super curious, and that’s OK, too.
As parents, we should encourage creativity, imagination, play, exploration and intellectual curiosity. Children act on these valuable attributes freely, discovering happiness, belonging, connection and community through them.
The world is a wonderful learning center full of surprises and wonder.
We hope this issue of Momaha Magazine helps you listen for your child’s joys, fears and celebrations.
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