Yes, it’s that time of year again. Back to school shopping is in full force. Sale ad’s are out and kids are pouting. My daughter is somewhat happy and unhappy for one specific reason. Her new school requires uniforms. I personally am loving this. Mainly because I won’t have to argue with her each morning about what to wear. She will always be required to wear Khaki bottoms and a choice of either Black, White, or Powder Blue tops. They can wear any shoes they want, except flip flops and boots. This is making Back to School shopping a breeze this year. I’m pretty much done getting her tops. Just need to get bottoms now.
For those first time uniform shoppers like myself, fear not! There are many places to get your shopping done and without breaking the bank. I had gone to Aeropostale and purchased 5 tops for only $40. But, make sure you are shopping for exactly what the school wants your child to wear. Check their website for information. For the tops, my daughter’s school says no more than 3 buttons. If there are more, you must take out the extra buttons and sew the hole up. They have restrictions as well on the type of sweatshirts or fleece jackets they can wear. Specific colors and of course, no logo other than what they allow, which is usually just the school mascot. Most likely, we will purchase the sweatshirts and such from her school during the Open House next month. They are also allowed to wear cardigans of specific color’s, but, the collar of the shirt has to be seen.
Some parents are not necessarily happy with their child having to wear uniforms as they feel it stops a child from being an individual. I can understand that side as well. Children are happier when they are able to express themselves either in art, or the way they dress.
So, lets lay it out. What are the pro’s and con’s to School Uniforms?
- No morning fights
- Same costs as regular clothing – Possibly even less costs
- No teasing about clothing a child is wearing
- Loss of Individuality
- Cannot express fashion creativity
- Restrictions of exactly what can be worn and the fear of the school office calling you to get your child from school
I had asked my daughter what she considered a Pro in this case and she said that children won’t judge other children on what clothes they are wearing (see #3 in my pro list). She couldn’t think of a negative when I asked. However, if I remember correctly, she hates having to wear buttoned pants, so, we’ll see if she changes her mind on that! I think another pro is children will be more focused on their work, not what other’s are wearing.
Do your children have to wear uniforms when they go to school? Do you like or dislike this practice? Why do/don’t you like your children having to wear uniforms?