Taking an interest in your child's interests

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Well, I started taking my son’s interest in fashion seriously probably on his 13th birthday. He’s always been interested in fashion. From the time seriously 3 years old, he would tell when someone’s shoes were bad and I would have to tell him well, “Everybody has different taste.” He’ll say, “Well, that’s bad taste mommy.” He knew and he was right most of the time. He wants to talk a lot. He talks a lot. I was a busy mom with my own business. I tune him up sometimes when he was talking a lot. For the kids 13th birthday, I promised to each of them I would take them anywhere they wanted to go, just me and them. For his 13th birthday, we went to Paris and we did a little fashion tour. When I was there way with him, disconnected from everything else, I really was listening. One day, it finally hit me as he was talking and he was describing his dress and this and that. He’s got this and he’s got that. I finally looked at him, and I just said Harris. I said, “You can all this in your head, cant you?” He said, “Yes, mommy.” It’s like, yes, and I thought, “Oh my God, I didn’t quite realize how much vision he actually had and so when we got back home, that’s when we’ve got him in drawing classes, and my ex-husband got him actually in a courtier design program, sewing classes, but he is amazingly talented. He already works at Fashion Week doing internships and at the Nordstrom Fashion Board. He is a very talented, but I know that when they’ve got all that going on in their head and they don’t have the tools to get it out, that’s only going to come from us the parents. They’re not going to be able to get where they need to go. Realizing the talent and then supporting it is so important for us as parents to deal.

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Lynette Vertoch

Mom & Entrepreneur

Lynette Vertoch is an entrepreneur with a small company she runs with her husband in Seattle, called Cameos & Crowns. In her words, the company designs "these very cool dish towels, pillows, cosmetic bags and aprons."  She has two children, Harris, 16 and Izzy, 13. Harris is gay and Izzy is not. She is divorced from their dad and married to a wonderful man who has been their stepdad for seven years now.  She and her ex-husband and current husband all parent the kids together (even though they live in different states) and are all close as a family - they even vacation together.

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