Ah! My baby is totally growing up! He’s my first-born. He’s who I figured everything out with. He’s who made me a mother and who delights me every day. It has been amazing to watch him grow and to figure out his own style. I was pretty apprehensive about back to school shopping with him this year. I can’t pick anything out for him anymore. Everything requires his approval or he flat-out won’t wear it. I am ok with him defining his style, but he’s a fan of licensed character shirts and I am just not. I was worried about how we would compromise and if I could take a step back and let him create his look. We took a trip to JC Penney to pick out some back to school clothes. It went far better than expected, especially because JC Penney carries some of our favorite brands like DC Shoes, Nike, and Vans. We were excited to get to share his personal style with JC Penney for back to school shopping. This kid is a true individual and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Here are a few things that make him special: His blue blanket still comforts him greatly. But we are starting to try out being without it. (Trust me, it’s not going far. My husband and I sleep with our own afghan every night). He’s a pretty brave little boy. And has the sweetest heart. When we started working on going without a pacifier, we told him it was time to pass it down to his baby brother. He didn’t even flinch but wrapped it up in a cute little package for his brother and never looked back. He had a very brief stint as a child model with a large display in our local department store. But he never turned in to a diva. I think it helps that he doesn’t even remember this… He has always had a love a music and never hesitates to share his passion with us. He’s really not in to being a front man, though (this photo was taken in the privacy of our back yard for my eyes only). He’d prefer to make the music and work alongside a band. He ain’t afraid of no ghosts. He is an absolute trooper with his asthma and food allergies. From time to time he will voice his displeasure but for the most part he just handles it. This kid is so dang cool. He’s the best older brother. Style wise he keeps his hair long. And it is his decision. He tells us it is his trademark and he wants to keep it that way. I totally stand behind his decision to wear it long. He understands that not everyone will like it and is gracious when people mistakenly call him a girl. He is my little Cub Scout and enjoys being part of the pack and earning badges. He’s a good friend and a great example of acceptable behavior (most of the time). He will almost always indulge me in a selfie. He has definite opinions about how he wants to dress. And lately he has been “dressing up” a bit. When he wants to look nice he will go and pick out a woven button up shirt. And I couldn’t say no when he picked out a clip on tie from JC Penney. I mean what kid in elementary school doesn’t need a tie? He also asked for a suit but I had to draw the line somewhere. Like me, this kid does not shy away from color and enjoys the neon. He picked out some great pieces from our shopping day at JC Penney. These plain t-shirts were on sale for $6. They will go with everything. And he is great at posing for pictures. Please note that he is giving himself “rabbit ears.” It is the newest form of photo bomb. We were able to agree up on a few character t-shirts. I told him that he could pick out 2 character t’s and we ended up with only 1. YES! We had only one minor stand off when he tried to pick out rolled up jean shorts. NO. Just no. But these camo shorts are totally his style. We ended up with a bunch of fantastic items from JC Penney, that he and I both agreed on, and still showcases his personal style. I can’t wait to see how he handles this next grade and all that comes with it! I am so looking forward to see how he handles all the things that maturing brings. I have no doubts that he will handle it all with class, style and maybe a few fart jokes.
JC Penney had everything we needed to head back to school in style. From skate brands to cool basics, we had plenty of choices to foster his individual style. And I love that JC Penney wants to celebrate kid’s individuality and self-expression through fashion. And you can celebrate your own child’s super star qualities. Use the hashtag #ThatsMyKid on your photos and they might be shared on the JC Penney Facebook page. Find out all the info here.
When It Fits, You Feel It. http://www.jcpenney.com/backtoschool
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