As a mom, I see the benefits of this change. For one, it helps to prevent bullying. When I was in school, people were often labeled and discriminated against if they weren't wearing the latest styles. The fact is, not all families are wealthy enough to afford $150 jeans or ridiculously priced sneakers. A child shouldn't be targeted for their family's economic status. I recall one of the worst things you could be called was a "K-Mart Shopper". Granted, this was in the 80's and 90's, and K-Mart has come a long way since then.
Another reason that kids school uniforms may be a good idea, even in public establishments, is because it takes away distractions and allows kids to focus on learning rather than what other kids wore to school that day. Let's face it: The clothing that some kids choose to wear can be downright inappropriate or even offensive, and this is not conducive to learning. If a kid comes to school wearing a halter top and very short shorts, they're going to get a lot of attention. (Probably not positive attention, either!) This can cause a great amount of distraction in the classroom.
Finally, I think the best reason for school uniforms is that it allows a child to simply be themselves. The pressure to fit in and be "cool enough" is minimized, since everyone is dressed the same. Sure, kids will still want to be accepted. That will never change. But if uniforms are the standard, they will be judged by their personality and their merits rather than what their clothing and style dictates. I don't know about you, but I would much rather see my children judged for their talents and their kindness than on what label is sewn into their outfits.
Some people think that school uniforms take away a child's sense of individuality. I disagree. I think that during the week, uniforms take a lot of peer pressure off of kids. Then on weekends, kids can express their own personal style in a non-school setting. The best part? A child can base their style on what they really like rather than on what they think they're "supposed" to like because all the cool kids at school do.
So as you can see, there are a lot of good reasons to consider school uniforms. And these uniforms have come a long way! Long gone are the stiff, starchy, uncomfortable uniforms of generations past. There is a new generation of stylish, comfortable and affordable school uniforms available, and these great items can be found at French Toast Official School Wear!
The awesome folks at French Toast sent me an assortment of their products to try on my toddler, Sophie. While Sophie is not enrolled at a preschool or daycare that requires a uniform, I found that many of the styles at French Toast are great for everyday wear, too! Check out this cute top and short combination! It's simply a short sleeved, polo-style shirt with a picot collar. I chose pink for my girly girl, but there are several color options available. Pair this top with the adorable pull-on khaki shorts, and you've got a great outfit that can be worn anywhere!
I would definitely recommend French Toast to any families out there who have kids enrolled in schools or daycares that require a uniform dress code. Or for those who are simply looking for modest and affordable clothing for their little ones! French Toast offers only the best, most stylish uniforms and separates around!
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***Disclosure:I received complimentary products to facilitate my review. No other compensation was provided.As always, all opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***