What is better buying uniforms for your kids or just casual clothes that they can also wear out side school?

Clarissa - posted on 08/17/2010 ( 15 moms have responded )

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The town I live in started having kids wearing uniforms in 2006 and at first it was ok. Now my husband and I realize that we come out of our pocket more because not only do we have to buy uniforms,but what will they wear out side of school, when we go somewhere as a family? So yes I also buy them clothes to wear out. They have play clothes, but who let their child go out in that. I wanna know which will you prefer to buy? What is the true purpose to having kids wear uniforms? I really don't know.

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Julie - posted on 08/20/2010

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I like the idea of uniforms in school. I also think that kids should go to school all year around. When I was a kid in Cali I went all year and I loved it. 3 months of school 3 weeks vaca. It took away the need to recap on the last years education for the first three months. Unifurms are a wonderful idea and should be implemented across the country. Plus I am pretty sure that they are tax deductible. My daughter used to get picked on relentlessly till we moved and I firmly believe that it was because we could not afford the name brand clothes and accessories that are popular. I would advocate for uniforms definitly. Check with your tax place and see if they are able to be written off I am pretty sure they are. Good luck!

SONYA - posted on 08/19/2010

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I feel that uniforms are the best thing since sliced bread.No wondering what hes going to wear the next day, all you have to do is make sure all his uniforms are clean,and alll the children look Great!

Tiffany - posted on 08/19/2010

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i think uniforms are better just because kids cant tease each other because they are not wearing top fashions or name brands. my son just started kindergarten and the school he goes to wears uniforms. he dont mind. on the other hand it can be more money because you have to buy clothes for school and clothes for home at the some time. but in the long run for them to have a good experience in school i think that uniforms are great.

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Uniforms if you can. Kids wont compete on clothing choices and uniforms stop so many hastles in the mornings when you (and they) are wondering what to wear.
Good Luck
Donna (www.innnerhero.com.au)

Shana - posted on 08/18/2010

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here is Australia all the kids wear uniforms and I have always found it esier than fundrasisng days where they can wear "free dress" for a donation....there are no arguments about acceptable shirts/shorts/shoes/hats as all this is covered in the uniform requirments and you probably find that other cloths last longer and like shandy said it helps cut out a few more bullying issues and not so much stuff gets stolen either (whats the point everyone hs the same LOL)

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Jenn - posted on 03/16/2011

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I love that my daughter's school requires uniforms! It helps take focus of who is wearing what from where. The kids get free dress days often and those are the hardest days for my daughter to decide what to wear! The uniforms are a one-time purchase at the beginning of the year and they are so well made, it is worth the cost.

I will also say that she appreciates her casual clothes more. She takes better care of them, therefore they last longer.

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My daughter's public school has uniforms (not really strict - anything red, white, blue or khaki; no jeans) and we love it. Her room has a walk-in-closet and I put all her "regular" clothes on one side and all the school clothes on the other side. This makes it way easier for her to dress herself in the mornings and it makes arguments about acceptable school clothing non existant.

My daughter likes it becasue she still has some options for expressing her individuality (she LOVES fun socks - like me - and she also likes to wear different earings and necklaces - as long as they're not too big or dangly). She also likes that everyone at school is dressed pretty much the same every day. She says it's a lot harder for kids to be snobby when they're all wearing the same stuff :)

Yes, it's a bit more expensive (becasue esentially you have to buy 2 wardrobes), but I think it's worth it.

Michele - posted on 03/11/2011

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Our elementary school has a "uniform" but really it is a strict dress code (collared white or navy top, khaki or navy pants, skirts, shorts, etc.). Ask your school if a swap can be organized at the end of the year. We have one week in which the uniforms are turned in to the office and 2 days when people can come and pick out uniforms in a bigger size. All free! Just takes some volunteers to organize them by size and put them out and put them away at the end of the day. It has helped! I love the uniforms. It's easier to choose clothes in the morning and there is no distinction between people due to what they wear.

Sherri - posted on 03/11/2011

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Thank heavens our schools do not have uniforms and I would never want to have my kids in uniforms. Yes it is far cheaper to just have casual clothes then both.



Plus nobody picks on anyone for there clothes in my kids school. If you can afford it and you want your kid to be a walking money ad more power to you. We live in a ritzy snobby town and we are not rich and can't buy them more than Aeropostile brand name and my kids have never been picked on.



And yes I went to private school when I was a kid and had to wear uniforms until the 8th grade. They sucked!!

Jody - posted on 03/10/2011

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My kids wear uniforms to school and although not cheap ($27 for a polo shirt) I think it is a cheaper option in the long run. Older kids care a lot about brand names and for them to wear brand names to school every day it would cost a lot to supply 7 days worth of clothes.

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I am a single mom and I have been unemployed since last October.... My daughter wears uniforms to school and I found that its hard to find them in the off seasons when she has growth spurts so I have started this website... its brand new and I would like to invite you to check it out and list for free while its new. You can buy, sell or swap used kids items and uniforms..... I am doing my best to help myself and hopefully help others in the process.... the website is MyUniformExchange.com.... Feel free to pass this info along, and if you have any questions just email me - info@MyUniformExchange.com
Che' Loessberg

Shandy - posted on 08/18/2010

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i think that uniforms are a great idea because it will get the kids one less pieace pf amo to use on echother and will make them to get to know the person before judeing them

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My daughter wears uniforms also, and I find it nice in the morning. She would spend forever picking out what to wear, and want to wear all kinds of things I didn't want her to (she's only 5). Now, all I say is, "nope, school won't let you." End of story and I get my way. Which I love. :)

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I like the uniforms. In our district, they have thus far only been implemented in schools that have high rates of violence, low attendance and performance scores.
The theory is that is makes kids instantly recognizable if they are seen somewhere other than school during school hours, thus making it easier to enforce discipline regarding cutting class. They are thought to take focus off of the fasion show that school has become leaving more time to focus on academics. Lastly, it is thought to cut down on the exclusion and alienation of less privileged kids who cannot afford "brand name" clothing. The uniforms in our district are very inexpensive compared to regular clothes: Shirts $15-$22 ea, Sweater $26. They allow almost any khaki slacks or skirts which can also be worn outside of school.

Test scores and attendance have risen slightly in the test schools for the past 2 years. If they continue to rise, I think all of the schools will be implementing uniforms soon.

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I strongly think that uniforms in all schools, private & public, should be the norm.. I think it would solve a lot of problems. Kids can't judge if everyone is wearing the same thing...Plus, I think they are just cute.

They maybe expensive to buy but in the long run it's cheaper. Play clothes can come from the thrift stores, even "going out" clothes...

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