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Are you like many parents and worried about what the dress code is for school? Is there one? Is it enforced? For many parents, being able to control what their child wears is important. For others, it does not matter as much. For those who are looking for a way to ensure proper attire, it is important to consider your high school.
What You Need to Know
Does the school offer a dress code? This is a set of rules to follow. What is allowable and what is not is often a part of the dress code. Keeping this in mind, consider your own rules.
- Talk to your teen about his or her body. Having self respect is important here. Encourage your teen to express him or herself through clothing that is not disrespecting.
- Be sure to speak to your child about self expression. Every teen needs a way to express their thoughts and feelings. Clothing often is one avenue. Giving them some freedom, with a range, is a good way to allow for this.
- Know the trends. Visit the schools. If you do not know what is happening, you cannot be active enough. High school clothing trends can be fun and exciting, but do not always have to be negative.
Take the time to learn what your child wants and needs in clothing. Are you giving the child enough ability to express his or her own tastes? If not, consider setting some boundaries and allowing your child to explore the options within a safe environment.