You’re in a rush and he won’t get dressed

Mother & Baby (Australia) - - Parenting Skills -

1 GET HIM EX­CITED

With no sense of time, but an end­less ca­pac­ity to be dis­tracted, tod­dlers can be tough to get out of the house. “Tod­dlers are cu­ri­ous and find lots of things fas­ci­nat­ing,” says Sally-Anne. “Use this op­por­tu­nity to get him ex­cited about where you are both go­ing so he fo­cuses on the next task rather than want­ing to con­tinue on with the pre­vi­ous ac­tiv­ity.”

2 OF­FER HIM CHOICES

Al­low your tod­dler to help choose his out­fit so he feels as though he has some con­trol over what’s hap­pen­ing. Ex­plain gen­tly that now it is time to get dressed and that he can de­cide whether he would like to wear his red shorts or his blue shorts to­day.

3 DRESS HIM AT NIGHT

Although it’s prob­a­bly not something you’ll want to do reg­u­larly, try dress­ing your lit­tle one for bed in clean clothes for the next day. His out­fit may be a bit more wrin­kled but he’ll be ready to go first thing in the morn­ing. This trick can come in handy when you have to be ready to catch an early morn­ing flight or at­tend an im­por­tant meet­ing.

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