By Lorraine Thomas, Parenting Expert
You may think that in this freezing weather everyone would want to wrap up as warmly as possible. But if you have a toddler, you’ll know that once they start learning how to dress themselves – at around two years – there will be times when your little one stubbornly refuses to put on her clothes. Not only that, she may well want to go out in the pouring rain in her shorts and t-shirt … regardless of the temperature! It can be really frustrating for you as a parent – so here are some tips to help you avoid wardrobe wars
Avoid the Morning Rush Hour
If your toddler knows you want her to get dressed as quickly as possible, that’s usually the time she’ll take as long as she can. She wants you to know that she has a say in what’s going on in her life – and this is a great way to demonstrate it. It’s also a fact of life that toddlers don’t like change. You can understand why. Your daughter is quite comfortable in her pjs so why would she want to get out of them?
So try to give yourself time rather than rushing towards a deadline. Wake her up a little earlier so that you both have as much time as possible and you can enjoy her dressing routine – not dread it. Her concept of time is different from yours. You may think that 10 minutes will give her lots of time to get dressed. But it doesn’t. You’ve had years of practice, she’ll take much longer than you think even when she’s trying her hardest. Her fingers are enthusiastic – but can act like sausages on the end of her hands. Be realistic about what she can achieve and give her lots of praise when she does. Continue reading