The mum said she always liked dressing her daughters the same and didn’t see a problem until someone questioned her decision…
A concerned mum has taken to popular parenting forum Mumsnet to ask if she is being unreasonable to dress her daughters the same. The mum-of-two says that the girls are not always dressed in matching outfits, but she often enjoys putting them in similar or the same clothes, particularly for special occasions.
Cute Or Tacky?
The mum said her daughters are equally enthusiastic about coordinating their outfits.
“I have two young daughters (2&4) and I love dressing them in matching clothes,” she said.
“For reference, they both love it too and get excited when they have the same on. I would stop when they don’t enjoy it of course.”
The mum admits she had never considered any negative consequences of her decision until someone questioned her about how her daughters would develop their own individuality, prompting her to ask the forum if she was doing them more harm than good…
Children Are Different
Comments on the post were mixed, with some recounting their own experience of being dressed like their siblings from a young age.
“I absolutely detested it when my mum dressed me and my sister the same,” wrote one forum user.
“Even looking back now, the pictures annoy me.”
“I figure kids are individuals and I like to reflect that, but each to their own,” wrote another.
Despite some criticism, others pointed out the innocence of what the mum was doing.
“I don’t see an issue so long as they do actually love it and are excited by it,” said one parent. “I also don’t think that at 2 & 4 it will have any major impact.”
There has been much discussion about the consequences of dressing children the same, particularly twins, but we can also understand the convenience and practicality of buying duplicate outfits. We think that it’s all about what the children are happy with – and most will eventually grow out of wanting to look the same as their sibling!
Do you think dressing your children in matching outfits could have an impact on their individuality? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
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