Mom defends her decision to buy cheap clothes for her children while she herself wears designer labels
January 23, 2022
Have you ever seen a mother or father consult a "perfect parenting" manual? Almost certainly not, because the book in question does not exist and never will (fortunately or unfortunately!). Each parent has to deal with parenting alone, aware that from the first year of life of their child, and until the age of eighteen, everything will be focused on them. What parents don't know is that throughout this period of time, they will be bombarded with constant criticism from strangers, or parents, who believe they know better than anyone how to raise children.
Caitlin Fladager, however, is tired of receiving this constant criticism and has decided to "respond" on the web to those who accused her of dressing herself in designer clothes and neglecting her children by buying cheap clothes for them.
via Instagram / caitlinfladager
People have opinions on everything, and this is especially true when it comes to raising children. For some strange reason, be they parents or not, many people feel compelled to judge and give practical advice on how children should be raised. As long as it comes to wanting to give genunine advice, that's fine - but not in all cases. Caitlin Fladager is a Canadian mom who, after receiving a barrage of negative comments about the way she dressed her children, decided to answer her critics. The accusations made against this mother concerned the fact that she dressed herself in expensive, designer clothes, while her children are dressed in very cheap clothes, bought at a supermarket. The woman patiently responded to the criticism, arguing that she, unlike her young children for example, does not constantly stain her clothes every time she eats something. Besides, she added, children grow up very quickly - what's the point of spending a lot of money on a t-shirt or trousers that they will only be able to wear for a few months?
Also, young children always want to play outdoors and inevitably get dirty, soiling all the clothes they are wearing. Many moms end up scolding their kids for dirtying their cool T-shirts they just bought. But Caitlin argues that they could just buy cheaper ones and avoid chastising the kids just because they had a bit of fun. “I strive to be the mom who sees her kids get up, run around and says 'oh don't worry, it's not a big deal!'. I strive to be the mom who sees them playing outside, and not be constantly worrying that they are ruining a brand new, expensive item of clothing", commented Caitlin. What, then, is her approach to raising her children? In a nutshell, it is that at the end of the day it doesn't matter if your clothes are designer or not: "Dirt, smiles and ice cream make me so much happier than a photo of them dressed in clothes they actually hate or that will be too small for them in just a couple of weeks".
What do you think of this parenting approach?