Having three kids has taught me a lot about how each one comes with their own personality, their own likes, dislikes, and they each have an opinion about what they like to wear...yes, even my four year old has an opinion.
I chose years ago that the battle over clothes wasn't worth it. This has lead to many interesting combination of outfits throughout the years. I wasn't concerned about what they wore on the outside, I was more focused on who they were on the inside.
One of my children recently came down dressed in a unique combination and I had to remind myself that their outfit is less significant than their confident heart. I find myself often...
Pausing. Breathing. Praying.
And reminding myself that what matters is that my children are clothed in dignity, strength, compassionate, kindness, humility, patience, gratitude and love. If they are being disrespectful, mean, rude, etc., I will be addressing those things in a heartbeat. But as for what clothing they choose...I will continue to remind myself that who they are on the inside is more important than what they wear on the outside.
So if any of you parents out there too find yourself struggling with the interesting outfits that your children dress themselves in I offer for you to join me and...
Pause. Breathe. Pray.
Give thanks that they got themselves dressed, that they are comfortable to speak their truth in love, and are confident in what they are wearing and aren't yet tainted in letting what others think dictate who they are supposed to be.
Let's let them live from the inside out, and focus on what really matters, which is their heart, and growing children who are compassionate, humble, kind, patient, grateful and full of love, dignity and strength.