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Getting Your Child to Dress Themselves Quickly

Why oh why does the morning time have to be so stressful? Rushing around trying to get dressed, get the children dressed, have breakfast, prepare lunch boxes, feed the dog and get everyone out of the house on time – we all know the nightmare! Being late by even just five minutes can make a huge difference to the rest of the day.

There are a few things that you can do in advance and you know those things yourself. What if however, you could also get your young children to get dressed themselves within a particular timeframe? From as early as possible, your child should be encouraged to dress himself/herself by starting with helping you with dressing them. Simple things like holding up their arm for you to put their shirt on is one the first steps. Encourage them when they do this and try to let them do a little more each day. They will soon be able to fully dress themselves.

In the mornings however, you are under pressure for time and that is when you need your child to dress quickly. We often get so frustrated when our child doesn’t get dressed quickly and then end up dressing them ourselves to hurry the process up. It would be better however to stick to a routine and get your child to learn how to dress quickly. Let’s look at some things you can do to get your child to hurry up and stick to the morning routine. Here are some things you can try:

Finally, be patient with your child and yourself. Learning the skill of getting dressed and getting used to a morning routine takes time and many children need a lot of support and practice before they can get this right. Persevere – it will be worth it in the long term!

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