While there are many rituals I enjoy about going back to school, shopping isn’t one of them. I remember as a child the painful hours of trying on countless pairs of pants, shirts and everything in between. If we found a pair of slacks that worked, my mom would buy those suckers in every color available. She would often have me throw on a sweater right there in the isle to see if it fit. At the time, I thought this was crazy. As a parent, I recognize the method to her madness. Get in and get out as quickly as possible!
Back to school shopping brings an extra requirement for my sensory kiddo, who needs to have his clothes tag-free, soft and supple. No jeans or slacks for this child. I’ve relied on Carter’s to get us by. They make wonderful sweatpants that somehow survived Vman and have been passed on to my second son. But Vman is now too big for Carter’s. I honestly thought I was going to cry… until I found out Osh Kosh was a sister store to Carter’s and has bigger sizes for elementary children. Saved by the bell!
Back to school shopping can be painful enough. But when you have a tactile defensive kid who feels uncomfortable in most clothing, finding the right pair of pants isn’t just a victory, it can be a Godsend.
Last August, parents spent more than $8.5 billion at family clothing stores, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. I’m betting you’re one of them.
How did your back to school shopping go?