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Part of parenting is helping your child be the best she can be. That's why we partnered with Kohl's for this post about empowering your child's self-confidence through clothes.

I loved dressing my baby girl in sweet little onesies. I chose colors I liked, patterns that struck me as cool and not baby clichés, and I put her in the occasional dress-and-bloomers combo because, really, is there anything cuter?

But by the time she was 3, this girl had her own taste. It wasn't classic, it wasn't practical, but it was distinct. And I figured out that it wasn't my place to deny her. I'm doing my best to raise my daughter to trust her inner voice and understand her individual power — how could I do that if I nixed her clothing picks?

I decided that as long as what she chose was weather appropriate, I was game. I put the out-of-season stuff up high so it wasn't even an option, and she was free to rifle through drawers to her heart's content. She's 5 now, and she picks out her own clothes regularly. Even though it's just fashion, it feels like an early place for her to take a stand and find her voice. And luckily, the styles she loves are comfy to wear, easy to wash, and durable even through the most active play days.

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