...about the socks and sandals thing. See "summer feet" two posts below this one.
I have a friend whose 6 y/o son often wears socks and sandals. He's cute as a button, and if any child can pull off the socks/sandals look, it's him.
However, this same child has some speech and social issues. They're in the process of having some testing done to figure out what they're dealing with. He has been teased/bullied in daycare by older kids. He's been fine in K, but he's a little behind the other kids socially. My friend is always on the lookout for potential bullying problems for her child. She's very protective of him and very concerned about his social well-being.
The child is going into 1st grade. If he was entering K, I wouldn't be concerned at all. But first grade is different. As more and more of the kids pass through that maturity boost that seems to come at age 7, "fitting in" becomes more important.
So, should I say something to my friend if the opportunity arises, or keep my big mouth shut? We're very close, and I could probably find a way to bring this up fairly diplomatically. On the other hand, I'm not sure how well I'd take it if someone told me I was letting my kids dress "funny."