Clothes Stand Growth Chart For Children

A clothes stand growth chart is a great accessory for a child's room. Use it as a tool to teach self-esteem and organization.

A clothes stand growth chart is an innovative new furnishing available for your child's room. These stands resemble a hat rack, but are equipped with a moveable picture frame which marks the child's height. The clothes stand growth charts on the market are designed to be used with children ages 3 to 8. Sharing a clothes stand growth chart with your children can help them develop positive self-esteem as well as good organization and clothing care habits.

What is often referred to as self-esteem can be reduced to two main aspects. First, children must learn to accept their own uniqueness, and second, they should begin to appreciate their own growing competence. Children at age three are emerging from the self-centered toddler years and becoming aware of the person they are in relation to others. This awareness will continue to develop through the ages of 3 to 8. This is a perfect time for activities that promote this awareness.

While hanging up the day's play clothes or measuring the child with the clothes stand growth chart, take time to talk about body awareness. With younger children, name body parts and talk about all the neat things those parts are able to do. Talk about how the child is growing in size and abilities, such as running faster or being able to turn the light on without standing on anything.

One specific suggestion for the clothes stand growth chart is to be sure to use a photo that the child likes. Constantly being exposed to a photo the child finds unbecoming is not a way to promote positive self-esteem, even if you think the photo is cute. Put yourself in the child's place on this issue and yield to her opinion if at all possible.

When building self-esteem in a child it is not enough to simply affirm that the child is good. There needs to be evidence. Children thrive on praise, and the best praise is that which deals with character instead of that which deals with innate beauty or ability. For instance, if the child has worked hard at sports or music lessons, complement him on his efforts. Then you can mention that special talent, if there is one. Don't forget to praise good behavior, too, such as sharing, helping, or finishing homework without being told. A parent should have one eye open at all times to catch that kid in the act of being good. Then let them know about it!

In addition to letting children know you are proud of their character and accomplishments, it is critically important to help them accept themselves as they are. All human beings are born with a set of unchangeable factors they must accept if they are ever to feel truly confident. Measuring a child with a clothes stand growth chart is the perfect time to talk about these factors. Who their parents are, including their height and other genetic traits, nationality, and social standing are factors the child can't change. Basic physical features and handicapping conditions cannot be changed except sometimes through surgery. Other unchangeable factors are the time in history and the location of the person's birth.

If a child has problems accepting one or more of these unchangeable factors about themselves, it could impair their future confidence or make them vulnerable to peer pressure later on. Use that time with the clothes stand growth chart as an opportunity to look for the positive side of things that might seem to be negative. Encourage every child to believe that there is a special purpose for them that will be possible because of their special set of unchangeable factors. Even the most severely handicapped child can brighten someone else's life with a smile!

Of course, the obvious use of a clothes stand growth chart is to help with organization. Choose the child's clothes for the next day and hang them on the stand. As you and the child make that choice together, discuss the weather and how it relates to clothing choices. Discuss color coordination if it's important to you. Show them how nice it is to have made the preparations ahead of time so there's no morning rush to find what they want to wear. Show them how keeping the clothes neatly hung up keeps them clean and wrinkle free.

Perhaps you'll use the clothes stand growth chart as a place to keep the child's coat during cool weather. It's an old but true adage that there needs to be a place for everything and everything in it's place. Children's coats are one of the most easily misplaced items in their lives. Perhaps those other often lost items, their shoes, can be stored at the base of the clothes stand growth chart. Use the stand as an opportunity to teach children the importance of having a place to keep something so that they can find it again.

These are just a few suggestions for sharing a clothes stand growth chart with your child. Use these ideas as a springboard to discover many other things to discuss with your children that will help them grow in self-awareness, self-acceptance, and organizational skills.

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