Add getting your kid’s feet professionally measured to your new year’s resolution list. Here’s why and how you can motivate yourself to make it happen:
1. It's something you want.
The feet are the foundation for a healthy body -- and everyone wants healthy kids. Click here to read more about why properly measuring feet and fitting shoes are so important for foot health.
2. Set a realistic goal of measuring 2 times per year.
Getting your child's feet professionally measured at least twice per year is a reasonable goal. Match this up to your most important buying times, which for most people are spring and fall. At the full-service store, focus on purchasing the type of shoes that your child will be wearing the most -- ie. sneakers. If you shop at self-serve stores at other times during the year, you'll have a good starting point for size, especially if you stick with the same brand.
3. It's easy to plan ahead -- use your phone.
Add a reminder in your phone right now. Set the first reminder for March 1st, in time for Easter and warmer weather, and for September 1st, before school starts to buy those every-day sneakers. Also mark the reminder on any paper family calendar you keep in your home.
4. Ask your child to be your buddy, and remind you.
If your kid is old enough, tell him or her that you plan to get their feet measured. They might not remember to clean their room, but they love reminding parents of something that needs to be done. Especially if it's for them. Kid's will be excited because it's a chance to track their growth, the same way you do with their height.
5. Decide now how you'll deal with those cute temptations at the "cheap" stores.
For example -- buy less frequently worn shoes, like dress shoes, at these places. Or, note to self: allow room in your budget to buy a fun, extra pair of fashion shoes to be used as a reward for good behavior, after you've covered the cost of buying good quality, every-day footwear.