Using T-shirts to teach kids virtues


Chicago Parent Staff


Monika Hall remembers looking around at a children’s concert and seeing hundreds of toddlers decked out in shirts with words like "spoiled" or "princess" splashed across them. In bed that night, she had an "a-ha" moment: What if kids’ shirts instead were printed with words like "courage," "kindness" or "patience?"

Hall’s idea became a reality last year when she launched Toddler Virtue Tees, which sells T-shirts in sizes 2T-4T. She is currently adding youth and mommy shirts to her line. Shirts cost $20 and include a word on the front, the definition on the back and a tag that outlines a five-step "getting-dressed" game to teach kids the virtue. For more information or to order a shirt, visit


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