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Dress for success.

What you can do

Observe and understand what clothing and equipment are needed for a particular activity and help your child avoid standing out from the crowd.

What you can say

“Jacob, it’s really exciting that you’re going to start working at our favorite restaurant. We have to make sure you have what Mr. Kinsey said you’ll need to wear. OK, you have a white button-down shirt and black pants. And you have some black shoes.”

“But Mr. Kinsey said it’s important to have shoes with rubber soles because the kitchen floor can be slippery. I bet we can find an inexpensive pair. Maybe we can also get you an extra shirt so you won’t have to do laundry before every shift.”

Why this will help

Not having the right clothing or equipment is stressful and may increase your child’s desire to give up on a certain activity. Dressing appropriately can help kids fit in and feel more confident.

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