Now is the time of year to send your little one back to school, which comes with both joy and trepidation. You want to make sure that your child is ready for school in every way, including physically, emotionally, and socially. But have you considered whether the clothes that you pick out for your child may have some impact on the way he or she feels at school? When you do your back-to-school shopping for the year, keep the following in mind so your kid has the best shot at doing well this year.

First, think about how your child will want to present themselves. Don't try to force your kid to look like someone he or she is not. Instead, allow them to represent themselves as they are and let them choose clothes that reflect their interests. For example, a big sports fan may want to wear new york giants jerseys from a kids' store like Baby Fans to show off to their friends how much they love football. If your kid loves pink and frilly dresses or dinosaurs and jeans, let them wear it.

Another important thing to think about when you pick the clothes for your kids is whether or not they will be physically comfortable for them. You should find clothes that don't have itchy tags or material that will annoy your child. Not only is this the kind thing to do, it also will allow your child to pay attention when they are in school instead of being distracted by clothes that are too hot, too itchy, too big, too tight, or just too uncomfortable. Make sure they try on clothes before you send them off to school in them.

Finally, make sure that your little one is able to take off and put on his or her clothes without help. This means avoiding button-fly pants, zip-up dresses, and anything that has a lot of laces. Your kid should be free to move about without needing help to put on their clothes when they're at school.