A woman wonders if she is in the wrong for allowing her young daughter make her own mistakes.
As parents, it’s natural to want to protect our children from harm and guide them towards making the right choices. However, what happens when a child insists on making their own decisions, even if it means making mistakes? This is the dilemma one parent faced when her 5-year-old daughter insisted on wearing inappropriate clothing to school.
The Clothing Dilemma
“I was getting my daughter (5) ready for school yesterday and she insisted on wearing a sweater with no shirt under it and full-length pants. I told her it was going to be hot (80 degrees and sunny) and she plays outside with little shade all morning, but nothing swayed her, so I let her wear it to school.”
“She ended up getting slightly overheated, and they changed her into a loaner dress. The kids know the loaner clothes are usually for accidents, so her friends were asking if she had an accident, and one boy teased her about it. She was pretty embarrassed by the time I picked her up.”
The Parenting Dilemma
“My husband is mad that I let her wear the sweater because she could’ve gotten heat stroke and was teased due to the results of her outfit choices, but now she knows to dress appropriately for the weather. If I had made her change into a tee-shirt and shorts, she would’ve tried the same thing today.”
“He still thinks we should be teaching her, but I think she’s old enough to be making some of her own mistakes. The consequences of this were fairly minor, and she learned how to dress, but my husband still thinks I’m in the wrong.”
Daycares Have Better Things To Do
The responses to this story are mixed. One person said, “As a daycare worker, we have better things to do than to find replacement clothing for your child because you refuse to have a back bone and make her change.”
Mom Should Have Packed Extra Clothes
Another said she should have packed extra clothes if she knew this would happen. “You’re wrong to not put extra clothes in her bag. You knew this would happen, and that staff would have to deal with it – not your 5-year-old. Sure she can learn, but why leave her to the consequences of no change of clothes? She’s too young for being shamed.”
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