By Kate GlaserAssociated PressAnnette Pacheco, a 27-year-old mother of two who owns a swimwear shop in Washington, D.C., doesn’t want to wear the same dress she’s worn every day since she was born in Italy.
It’s just a dress for her and for her family, Pacheo said.
It was the only dress she owned when she went to live in New York, where she grew up, for the first time as a woman, in the 1960s.
That’s when she started wearing dresses.
Now she wears a bikini, which she said is not what she wanted at the time, and wears jeans instead of skirts.
When I had the baby, I didn’t wear dresses.
It was a dress or something, she said.
Now I want to dress in a dress.
I didn’t have any other choices, she added.
I’m really happy I’m here today, said Pacheos mother of three, who grew up in New Jersey.
I’ve always wanted to be a mommy, she told reporters.
I know the best thing is for me to dress like me and for my mommy to wear a bikini.
I just want her to look like me, she continued.
I want her and her family to look the way they want to look.
Pacheco is not alone.
More than half of the women in America who have children under age 18 are living in families where they don’t wear clothes, according to the Center for American Progress, a nonpartisan research and advocacy group.
And the trends continue in the U.S., with the most frequent clothing choice among women ages 18 to 29 increasing from about 12 percent in 2007 to 17 percent in 2015.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that young children be given free access to clothes in school and in the home.
But there are exceptions, especially in low-income families.
For example, an older, wealthier woman who has children in the house but does not wear clothes is often able to have them changed, said Kristin Hildreth, an assistant professor of nursing at Emory University School of Nursing.
The lack of access to clothing can make it more difficult for women to understand what they’re buying and for the families they’re raising to be more flexible about what they buy, Hildrick said.
And it can make buying clothes for the kids a lot more difficult, she explained.
The AP asked about other clothes that women would like to wear and what they would say to other parents about why they feel like they need to buy clothes.
Many people would like a different shirt, but most people don’t want a different pair of pants, said Jennifer Stoltz, a parent of two sons who has two children of her own.
I would like my kids to wear skirts and dresses, but I don’t know that’s possible.
I think it’s a little too much to ask, said Stolty, 33, of Annapolis, Md.
A mother of four boys ages 3, 2, and 1, Stoltx said she’s not really sure what clothes she wants to wear for her boys, but she does know she wants a dress, which is a dress I have on, she answered.
I feel like I need to be able to dress my children in a way that doesn’t make them feel like what they have is a problem.
The problem is what they wear.
But a mother of five boys ages 7, 5, 3, and 2, Stutzer said she has no desire to buy clothing for the boys, especially since they have no clothes to wear.
I don’t think that they’re ready for this, Stutz said.
I do have clothes for them to wear, and I’m a mom, she stated.
But for other parents who may not be able or willing to buy the clothes for their boys, the solution is to help them learn to dress, Stutchz said.
When it comes in a different color, there are lots of options.
I can tell them, ‘I don (expletive) you, you (exact word) (explets mother) because it’s not a dress you want,’ Stutz said of the kids.
But some of her sons are wearing shirts, so they are wearing clothing that doesn and can’t match, she noted.
It is very hard for parents who have not had to wear clothes to know what they want and need.
So they can just sit there and be like, ‘Oh, I don`t know,’ she said of parents.But I don�t know what to do about it, she admitted.
I can’t afford to buy something I donít wear.
So that’s the hardest part.
If I don, I can`t dress my kids, she went on.
I have no choice.