The school that the boys goes to have a school uniform policy and they are pretty strict with it. Grey or black trousers, red or white shirts or polo shirts and a red jumper or cardigan. They have to wear black shoes and PE kit is red shirts and a white T Shirt. I am a fan of school uniform for the following reasons:
- Uniforms cost less overall
- There is no worrying about what to wear each morning
- Children are easily identified as belonging to that school
- Encourages discipline
- Uniforms can be recycled and passed down.
But I also feel that a uniform can detract from a kids unique identity, So I do let the boys choose their own coats (within reason), school bags and their own trainers.
Ways you can encourage individualism
- Allow your children to make choices when they can
- Set acceptable boundaries
- Allow them to choose their own stationery
- Let them personalise items such as their bags and pencil cases
- Encourage difference, my boys wear funky socks and as a household we believe in socks not to have to be a matching pair
The boys school shoes lasted less than six weeks last term, partly down to them playing football at playtime on the MUGA (multi use games area), so when JD Sports asked if the lads would like to receive something from their back to school range they chose a pair of all black trainers each. The trainers they choose are perfect for wearing to school as they follow the uniform guidelines as they are all black.
This year the boys picked their coats from Get the Label. This was the first time I have used this site, but was really impressed. Fantastic clothes at much lower than high street prices. Maxi got a fab Craghopper waterproof and a Bench coat and Mini a Sprayaway Jacket. All were fantastic prices and it allowed the boys to express their individualism.
I might have mentioned before that Mini wears glasses and again I let him choose his own. When he is due a new pair I take pictures on my phone of him in the frames he likes and then he looks at them and picks which ones he prefers.
Another decision that I allow the boys to make is to choose their own haircuts. Maxi still has longer hair and is more than happy with that, in fact his nickname is MOP and he embraces it. Mini on the other hand likes his hair short and looks the current trend for hard partings.
I would love to know how you let your kids show they individualism.