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License or No License?

As a teacher I should be groaning when I see the "back to school" sales but I just can't because I remember gushing at the displays when I was a little girl.  I loved love school.  I'm a nerd.

Anyways, this year I am even more excited because it is Alex's 2nd year of preschool.  We are stepping up this year though and he'll be going for 5 days full time.  Yikes!  I have his list all of items but the big purchases will be his backpack and lunchbox.

Here is the kicker though-- they can't have ANY licensed characters on them or anything that could be considered "too scary".  And then there is the other kick in the pants...his clothing can't have any of those things on it either.  The director warned me about "voluptuous princesses" OMG, where am I sending my child?? was my first thought.  Perfect timing since he has discovered Star Wars this summer. I'm ok with the demands I guess, but they sound a little overboard, but it is a Christian preschool so I get where they are coming from.

WDYT?  What are your thoughts on your child wearing or carrying licensed apparel?  I've never really given it much thought but I know in the mom-osphere there are some steadfast opinions on the topic.  Do you include characters/movies or does it also cover brand names or sports teams?  I'd love to hear where my readers weigh in on this.

In the mean time, below are a few options I've found so far to avoid characters...

  1. Gymboree has a great selection and quality of clothing that is mostly plain or patterned, many of their items also have animals on them, but I've noticed lately they have gotten more sophisticated and so infant looking
  2. Old Navy will be my go-to place for plain polos, plus their bottoms fit him perfectly!
  3. Carters is also well known for having plain clothing that might only display an animal or sports related item
  4. Children's Place just recently opened a location close to me and they seem to have great deals and quality too, although my little man seems to be too little for their boys stuff yet


  1. can we ban adults from wearing things emblazoned across their ass?


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