Children are a great source of inspiration in our daily lives; however, they also could challenge parents and caregivers as they strive for independence at an early age.
ManiMe evolved over several years in a household of working parents and two nursery and primary aged children. The "morning routine" could be especially challenging getting everyone ready to leave the house on time and at least one of us were usually reduced to a range of frustration as we tried to ensure everyone was clean, dressed (mildly presentably!), matching socks, matching shoes, teeth and hair brushed ( 3 days ago is sometimes ok 🥰 ) and that’s before you remember that you have a 10am meeting that requires a suit! basically unless you are superhuman you will have experienced this many times.
So, what could make our mornings better, more organised, and more fun?
Inspired by my type A personality to be organised and retrieve my clothing for the following day and the reality that the children are unable to reach in a standard height wardrobe and most definitely would not choose the "right outfit" even if they could. I started laying out the children's clothing for the following day in their rooms on any surface I could find, the floor, ottoman, desk, stool, radiator etc. As I would read bedtime stories my mind would scan the room looking for a designated place where these items would "belong" so night after night my mind crafted a fun and interactive dressing zone which evolved into quite simply a valet chair and coordinated mirror for children with a 3-tier hanging system and the scale and dimension of children's hangers, add in features for hanging trousers, skorts, shorts, dresses and under garments all encompassed in a beautiful sustainable bamboo.
The ManiMe was hereby created and become integral in our organisation for the day ahead enabling the children (under parents’ supervision) to choose their clothes and as they got older set out their school uniform, PE kit or other required attire the evening before when time was available.
In our house, prototypes of the ManiMe were used from age 4 and we made it a game the night when there is no time pressure. Not only did they enjoy this game, but I also noticed that when their ManiMe was ready the night before they were more motivated and able to get dressed independently. They quite simply wanted to do it for themselves. Until one day they simply started preparing their chosen ManiMe (they each had a name also) and it is something they still do to this day and as a bonus they also use it to undress. My son places the items to wear the next day such as blazer, tie, and shoes on his ManiMe every day after school (and I have reminded him that they do not live on the kitchen floor 😍) We promise greater interaction not miracles 😂😂😂.
Children strive and thrive on daily routines. The ManiMe has the scale and dimension required to encourage your child to independently dress themselves in a fun and interactive way.