Many parents dread back to school time because of fights with their tweens over clothing shopping. Using these simple tips, you can have a stress-free shopping experience.
Tip #1: Look through Your Tweens Current Wardrobe – Go through your kid’s closet and see what’s already in there. Donate or discard items that don’t fit or are worn out and get a sense for what can be worn in the new school year.
Tip #2: Discuss Shopping Strategies – Before you head out to the mall, sit down and talk with your child about what new back to school clothing items are on their must have list and what is on the need list. They will naturally want the coolest new looks, and designer labels, but you may be thinking more about a basic pair of blue jeans.
Tip #3: Make a Shopping List – Make two lists – once of items your tween needs and one of the things she wants. Then allocate your overall budget to the wants vs. the needs. Your tween can pick out her own back to school clothes from her wants, but when her portion of the budget is all used up, it’s gone.
Back to school shopping can be filled with tension between you and your tween, but it doesn’t have to be. Follow these tips above and you can have an easy clothes shopping experience this year.
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