I took my teenaged daughter for some back-to-school shopping. We had a budget and one hour at the mall. I was afraid I’d created the perfect storm.
But JCPenney’s never disappoints. We had a blast! She loved the huge selection of clothes and trendy items. Every time I shop with my girl, I learn a lot about what’s in style. I learned kimonos are a thing now. And of course, my daughter can rock one. She has a great sense of style and clues me in on what’s hot and what’s not (She explained jogger pants to me and told me Sophisti-Casual is one of her favorite trends (see kimono).
And every time we spend time together, I learn more about who she is becoming. In-between looking for cute tops under the JCPenney’s “Bend the Trend” signs, we talked about doing just that: Looking for ways to stay true to ourselves. Kids face a lot of pressure to fit in at school (church and homeschool co-ops, too) and they need to know who they are and who they belong to. Bend the Trend is another way of saying be yourself in your own unique way.
We looked at some of the hottest trends: the printed backpacks, layered necklaces, long pendants and statement earrings and talked about what fit her personality. When we encourage our kids to bend the trend with what they wear (and not over-worry about looking like everyone else), we give them more than just stuff. We give them:
1. Confidence In Who They Are On The Inside, Not Just What They Look Like On the Outside | Most kids care a lot about what’s on the outside-it’s part of growing up and well, fitting in. But when they can be comfortable in their own skin, they become confidant on the inside and out.
2. A Positive Attitude Even on The Bad (Hair) Days | If you have a teenage girl or you’re a woman, you know this is a real thing. A positive attitude will remind our kids there’s always tomorrow.
3. A “New Kid” Outlook |My kids had the experience of being the new kid in school and they know how hard it can be trying to figure out where you belong. Bending the trend, means they can put themselves in other people’s shoes and reach out.
4. A Belief That Comparison Kills Contentment | One thing my daughter loved about shopping at JCPenney’s was the ease of making every item uniquely her by pairing up items like this trendy Arizona top with a sheer kimono. When our kids can be confidant in their choices, without comparing themselves to others, they can find contentment.
And give a Back to School #ShoutOutDay on August 12th!
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