A mum has defended her decision to dress her children in supermarket clothes while she wears fancier outfits.
Caitlin Fladager hit back after being told it was “not a good look for you as a mum…”
The 26-year-old from Vancouver, Canada, proudly admits to buying her clothes from various fashion brands, while most of daughter Ariana and son Jack’s outfits are bought from Walmart.
“You know why?” she fired back.
“Because I am not constantly outgrowing them, like my kids are.”
The mum, who last year defended smoking cannabis while looking after her children, added that the youngsters liked the freedom that it didn’t matter if they got the cheap clothes messy.
In a Facebook post, she wrote: “‘You get dressed up a lot. Not a good look for you as a mom…’ That statement is something I get a lot.
“Yes, my kids clothes mostly come from Walmart, while I buy myself clothes from other stores.
“You know why? Because I am not constantly outgrowing them, like my kids are.”
She added: “I am not constantly spilling food and dirt all over my brand new clothes.
“I am not outside running around in the dirt for hours on end.
“I am not tripping and ripping holes in brand new clothes.
“I am not changing my mind daily about what colour I have randomly decided I don’t want to wear ever again.
“I am not a kid.”
Caitlin argued: “My children are messy, they love to play in the dirt, and they love to spill their food.
“I buy them cheaper clothes, because I refuse to be the mom who yells at them for spilling a drop of ice cream on a brand new shirt.
“I strive to be the mom who sees them spill, and says “oh no big deal!”
“I strive to be the mom who sees them playing in the dirt, not caring that they are ruining a brand new outfit.
“I strive to be the mom who teaches them there is more to life than having nice, expensive clothes.”
She added: “So yes, my kids mainly live in Walmart clothes. And they love it.
“They love being able to spill, get dirty, and outgrow clothes in a day with me not caring.
“So here’s my kids, in an outfit I bought not long before this day.
“Here’s them covered in dirt, spilling ice cream, and living their best life. That’s all I could ever want.
”I will not feel bad for buying my clothes for them from Walmart. Because when I look at this picture, it reminds me why I do that.
“The dirt, the smiles, and the ice cream makes me way more happier than a photo of them dressed in clothes they hate, that they will outgrow in a week.
“This right here, makes me so much happier.”
Caitlin’s post racked up more than 16,000 likes and hundreds of comments with most parents agreeing with her message.
One said: “As long as they are dressed and happy who cares.
“I would rather buy Walmart clothes and be able to take them to do other things and make memories, because I don’t remember what I wore everyday at 10.
“Do you? Probably not – you more than likely remember the memories made at the time. Not the clothes. So great job momma!”
Another said: “Love this post, I’m the same, they are children, let them be children.”
And a third joked: “Lmao I’m 22 and I still buy cheap clothes because I spill on them too often for nice things!”
While another mum wrote: “I can’t believe that’s even a thing people come at you about. They obviously don’t have kids.”