4 Tips to Help Get Your Child Clothed in the Morning Without the Struggle
We all know how it goes, “No shirt? No shoes? No service!” Getting kiddos dressed requires ninja tactics and superhero strength – The trick you used yesterday, probably won't work today.
GIVE EM’ A CHOICE
You pick two shirts and let your fashion aficionados choose their favorite. Sometimes their response is “none of the above.” And by none of the above, it usually comes in the form of a screeching NO! NO! NO! Often in a FLING BODY ONTO FLOOR kind of way. Which then translates to “Mom gets to pick.” This may be met with compliance or annoyance. If annoyance, up the ante and repeat: Here are two more shirt options, this time with extra special magical powers. WHICH ONE DO YOU WANT? The Winking Skeleton Tee or the cool shirt with an Alien from Planet Pizza? You may need to add in a little dance for flair.
DRESS LIKE THEIR FAV CHARACTER
Running late and they don’t want to stop what they’re doing? Tell kiddo to PICK A BOOK or FAV CHARACTER to come along for the ride! Then SUMMON THE SPIRITS and your CREATIVITY by perhaps offering up some articles of clothing inspired by the book or superhero.
A CAPE? SHINY COLANDER HELMET? A BALLET TUTU with a TIN FOIL CROWN?
Tell them they can bring the story or figurine with them as they’re getting dressed.
It makes for some really FUN COMBOS and PHOTO OPS too!
IMAGINATION is fully engaged, all the while you’re that much closer to getting them into the car and you KEEPING YOUR SANITY.
LAY IT OUT THE NIGHT BEFORE
Set out TOMORROW’S CLOTHES TONIGHT – where darling can see them and has time to get used to the fact that, yes, they will be wearing the collared button down shirt to grandma's house, or that metallic frilly party dress to outshine the others at the birthday. Heck, if you’re feeling behind and are on a lucky streak just PUT THEM TO BED in this get up. Pray they don't soak the sheets and boom they're ALREADY DRESSED for the event!
USE THEIR OUTFIT AS AN OPEN CANVAS
Make their outfit a one of a kind WORK OF ART made by your little boo! We all have those less than desirable (nearly grown out of) stained digs hiding in drawers or the blah basics that could use a little zhushing. Entice them to put their clothes on by letting them paint and marker em’ up. Use this as a bonding opportunity to COLLABORATE and also UPCYCLE at the same time. They will be motivated by the excitement of the OPEN-ENDED PLAY and the sense of PRIDE that comes with designing their own look. Gucci's got nothin' on them.