Which clothes do you choose for the “spare outfit” daycare asks you to pack in your kid’s diaper bag? I used to choose something old or ugly, because why would I take a perfectly good shirt and pants out of the regular laundry circulation?
But one day a preschool teacher told me: when kids have an accident at school, they’re already disappointed, upset, and embarrassed. Wearing the school’s ill-fitting spare clothing is no fun, and pulling out their own least favourite outfit isn’t much better.
I had an epiphany while doing the laundry one day: my son had a shirt that he loved but I detested. It had ninja turtles on it (his favourite) but was a hideous colour, badly faded, and every time I saw it I was tempted to chuck it in the garbage. That was the ideal shirt to pack in his bag.
This is now my policy for all daycare bags, and perhaps it should be yours too. Obviously you can’t do this with a kid’s very favourite outfit if they would be upset to find it missing in their closet. But that one that’s kind of ugly and they like it for no good reason? Let it brighten their day the next time they have an accident.