Smudgetikka

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The best kids fashion in the world by one who knows. A professional view of the top labels and new launches in the world of Kids fashion plus a few lifestyle hot items too.

What inspired you to start blogging?

How do you keep up with the latest kids' fashions and being a mom?

What are three things parents should think about when styling their kids?

At what age do you let your child decide what to wear?

Linda McLean

I would answer that I think it is different for boys and girls. That girls have definite ideas and are far more opinionated about what they want to wear younger. I know for many parents this begins as early as 3 or 4 years old although as I only have a boy I haven't experienced it myself. My boy was very easy about clothes and only began to have a strong idea and preferences at around 12 years old. I think the key with the younger girls is to let them have some leeway with choices but to give them the variants so its not complete anarchy. You know, would you like the pink top or the red. That kind of thing, then there is some autonomy for them but you retain control of it too. By 8-10 years old however they will want to be shopping with you and will have very clear ideas in mind. Then its a case of trying to steer them to the more age appropriate styles and by then peer pressure will come into play as well.
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Can you suggest a fun birthday party game or creative activity for 6-8 year-olds?

Linda McLean

The best birthday party we ever did was held at a Butterfly house where you explored the butterflies but then in a separate room one of the staff brought out loads of creepy crawlies like huge millipedes for the kids to handle, then a quick wash of the hands and into another room for the food. It was brilliant but sadly the butterfly house closed when the location was redeveloped but both the girls and boys loved the hands on experiences.
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