Kids skater style outfit with Gymboree shirt and shorts (from the spring 2015 collection) and Marana Navy and Gum shoes

This kid, man. He is so full of spunk.

Kids skater style outfit with Gymboree shirt and shorts (from the spring 2015 collection) and Marana Navy and Gum shoes

He's been four for awhile now – almost six months – but I'm really starting to see his personality come out in ways that often define this age. He's so much like his dad. Goofy, loyal, keenly observant, caring.

Kids skater style outfit with Gymboree shirt and shorts (from the spring 2015 collection) and Marana Navy and Gum shoes

Sometimes a little too caring. This boy has opinions like you wouldn't believe!

Kids skater style outfit with Gymboree shirt and shorts (from the spring 2015 collection) and Marana Navy and Gum shoes

I love seeing his big eyes peek up at me, thoughts visibly whirring through his mind. “Mama,” he'll say. “My shirt is like yours. You have a blue shirt and I have a lighter blue shirt and you have stripes and I have stripes.” He's in the matching phase, and entering that beloved time when he can start to actually express himself through his clothing.

It sounds like a small thing, but it is SO FUN to see what he selects on mornings when he dresses himself. What he picks out when I let him shop is even better. This kid has style.

Kids skater style outfit with Gymboree shirt and shorts (from the spring 2015 collection) and Marana Navy and Gum shoes

Shoes are his current obsession. We're working with etnies, so we have a steady stream of shoes around here.

Kids skater style outfit with Gymboree shirt and shorts (from the spring 2015 collection) and Marana Navy and Gum shoes

He had a hand in the latest picks – with a little guidance from Mama – and wound up with the Kids Marana in Navy and Gum. Nate got the coordinating Scout in Navy and I went with Scout in a sporty Dark Grey and White. The Maranas are Ryan Scheckler's signature shoe, which automatically makes them super-cool. He calls the longest lasting shoe he's ever skated! They have a foam midsole, polyurethane footbed and fused-on injected rubber toe cap…all of which is exactly why I picked them for my active little man.

Kids skater style outfit with Gymboree shirt and shorts (from the spring 2015 collection) and Marana Navy and Gum shoes

Having selected our shoes and outfits together, I was determined to get a mini photo shoot with just the three of us.

Kids skater style outfit with Gymboree shirt and shorts (from the spring 2015 collection) and Marana Navy and Gum shoes

Taking time to cherish and highlight the relationship with each child is important to me….especially in times like this, when I can feel the weight that my guidance has on his life.

Kids skater style outfit with Gymboree shirt and shorts (from the spring 2015 collection) and Marana Navy and Gum shoes

Sometimes, I'll admit, I feel like I'm still just a child myself. When does anyone fully make that transition from the guided to the guider? I don't know which way I'm going in life half the time, and now it's a case of the blind leading the blind.

Kids skater style outfit with Gymboree shirt and shorts (from the spring 2015 collection) and Marana Navy and Gum shoes

But then I see him bend down, and we both crouch low to examine something together. Something simple, like bugs or twigs or shoes. He learns facts and details from me, and I learn a new perspective from him.

I realize that it doesn't matter if we don't know where we're going. As long as we're looking in the same direction.

Kids skater style outfit with Gymboree shirt and shorts (from the spring 2015 collection) and Marana Navy and Gum shoes

Gear up your own feisty kids! Use code SKATESHOES on Amazon between now and November 5th to save 20% off etnies. Best of all, etnies plants a tree with the Trees for the Future Foundation for every pair of shoes they sell. As people who skate, surf, snowboard and ride BMX all over this planet, they know the value of treasuring our earth. To date, etnies has planted over a million trees! They also donate thousands of shoes to at-risk children and the homeless each year, and have constructed a world-class skate park near the company's headquarters as a way of giving back to their community.

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