Mother comes up with an ingenious hack to get children to wear clothes they don’t like
This TikTok parent shared a genius hack to get your kids to wear clothes they don’t want: Just put a Pokemon on it!
Katy-Robin Garton (@katyrobinbird) is a parent and TikToker whose kids are starting to get to an age where they have preferences about what they wear, which can make clothes shopping difficult.
Luckily, Katy-Robin recently came up with a tip to get kids to wear clothes they don’t like, and it’s really a game changer: She irons a note with the kids’ favorite characters on the clothes and voila! Suddenly they love them!
“Put a Pikachu on it” is my husband and my new inside joke. But seriously, the patch hack is a game changer. ✨ Since we’ve been focusing on thrift stores and buying used since my kids were babies, that’s all they know. So that’s not the problem. They don’t think twice when a pair of pants show up and I say, “This came from Bobby in Minnesota.” In fact, they love the idea that a big kid will love something they will use. That’s what they know. The problem is that as my kids have gotten older (and Emi since conception) they care more about the style, colors and characters. They’ll browse the pre-owned kids’ clothing and gear apps with me and pick whatever catches their eye. But when it comes to outerwear that I know works well and lasts, the selection isn’t as big, and often it’s a handshake for us, it gets trickier. I’ve tried “this is what we have, so this is what we’re going to use,” but found it an ongoing battle. And I’ll be honest, the character-driven market for children’s clothing gets to me. It’s often overpriced and tacky, so there’s that. But I get it… clothes are a way many of us love to express ourselves – a creative extension of our inner story. So I decided not to fight that battle, but encourage to let them be, but without giving up faith in thrift stores and buying used or the very practical faith that I don’t want to spend a ton of $$$ on stuff they will grow out of it so fast. For my son he is all about Pokemon right now and my daughter is all about My Little Ponies and Unicorns and also Pokemon because her big brother loves it. So I set it to their preferences and bought patches, like a lot. And my world has changed. I wish someone had shared this with me years ago, so now I’m sharing it with you all. #putapikachuonit #parenthack #parenthacks #parentingtips #parentlife #motherhood #parenthood #irononpatches #pokemon #pikachu #kjøpt #håndmedowns #raisingkids
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The video begins with Katy-Robin standing in her kitchen with a red jacket spread out on the counter in front of her. The mother has a towel laid out over the jacket and irons a small part of the towel. “What are you doing?” Ask Katy-Robin’s husband as he approaches his wife.
“Elliot is becoming more particular about what he wears,” Katy-Robin explains as she continues to iron. “I got him this jacket and he won’t wear it.”
Then Katy-Robin reveals that she has ironed a Pikachu patch on her jacket. “I went online and got a Pikachu patch,” she explains. “Because if there’s a Pikachu on it, he’ll love it.”
“Put a Pikachu on it!” Katy-Robin’s husband jokes.
Katy-Robin laughs and continues to iron. “I actually bought a pack of 20 Pokemon stickers,” the mother admits. “Anything he doesn’t want to wear that I want him to, I’ll just put a Pokémon on it.”
But that’s not all! Katy-Robin reveals that she also bought My little pony notes to her daughter! “I wish someone had told me this years ago!” exclaims Katy-Robin.
The video ends with Katy-Robin’s husband zooming in on the finished Pikachu patch. “It looks pretty good,” says Katy-Robin.
Viewers applauded the genius hack and shared similar parenting hacks of their own.
“I saw a woman sitting Paw Patrol stickers all over her food packets so that the little one would eat “special”. Paw Patrol food,” one viewer shared.
“Got to patch them all!” another viewer joked.
“This is absolutely brilliant. Whoever writes the parenting manual please add this immediately,” commented another TikToker.
It can be difficult to get kids to wear the clothes you choose, but when in doubt, just put a Pikachu on it!
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