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My sweet girls, 2 and almost 4, have an understandably hard time picking out clothes for themselves. Well, ok. It’s more about how much creative license I am willing to take into public.
I know – that makes me so NOT the coolest mom. But it is what it is. I can only take so much!
I’m far from a fashionista myself, preferring blue jeans and t-shirts almost all the time. But… but… They’re mismatched and not suitable for the weather! There’s usually a tutu involved! They put shirts on backwards and put their underwear on OVER their pants!
Look at my eye twitching!
My oldest (almost 6) has a little easier time except for the occasional blunder. For example, I took him to a playdate the other day and when I picked him up, my friend politely pointed out that my son had no pants on.
Haha! What?!? How did I miss that? Well, I was rushing and distracted, and he was wearing boxers that I thought were shorts. About halfway through the playdate, he tugged on my friend’s arm and asked “Where are my pants?”
Indeed. That is the question.
Here are the solutions I am working on. Perhaps they will help you and your crew as well!
|My 4 year old’s clothes bags|
Set Up Clothes Bags
Once a week, the girls each help me stuff 6 gallon ziplock bags with undies, pants, and a shirt. Every morning after breakfast the kids are sent upstairs to “do their responsibilities,” which means making beds, brushing teeth, and getting dressed.
I finally started setting up clothes bags for the kids again. I had tried this before but this time I simplified the process. The girls can just pick any bag they choose. I leave the bags unzipped for the 2 year old and often have to help her actually dress, but that’s ok!
Teach Them How to Choose Clothes
I don’t do bags for my son right now. I can take the occasional embarrassing “my son has no pants on” moment so that he can be autonomous. But as I am helping the girls set up their bags, he is there to overhear the conversation.
We talk about matching clothes together by color and thinking about the weather. We talk about how we need underwear, pants, and a shirt. And how underwear goes under pants. Not over them. And not on your head. *good grief!*
Teach Them How to Get Dressed
My nearly 4 year old daughter took a long time to learn how to dress herself but it was quicker for my oldest. And I’m hoping my 2 year old will catch on quickly!
When they’re ready to get dressed, lay out the pants on the ground, tag down, showing them how to do that. Lay the shirt on the ground, front facing down. Again, show them how to do that. Soon they’ll figure out how to do it on their own!
Am I the only one facing the problem of children getting reasonably dressed in the morning? I doubt it!
What do you do to streamline the process? How do you teach them to look moderately presentable? Or perhaps you are more lax and figure that as long as they’re not naked, they’re good to go?
Tauna writes at ProverbialHomemaker.com about faith, family, homemaking and homeschooling. She has been married 8 years and has 4 kids 5 and under. By necessity, she has a decent sense of humor and a love of coffee. Stop by and say hello!