Home Today's Paper Most Popular Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Subscription Blog Signin Register
Logo
Sunday, January 22, 2017 04:03:17 PM
Follow Us On: Facebook Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter

Teaching your preschooler to dress himself

photo by

By
01st-Jan-2017       Readers ( 146 )   0 Comments
Comments
Share your thought
Post a comment »
Read all (0) »

Charlina Stewart :
Learning to get dress is one of those essential life skills that fosters independence in children, and encourages logical thinking. And when kids are taught to be independent, they grow into self-assured adults who are productive, motivated, and able to stand on their own two feet. So if you've been dragging your heels about teaching your preschooler how to dress himself, now is the perfect time to mark it on your growing list of parenting "to dos." And here's how to get started.
Let kids choose
Get your preschooler excited about dressing himself by allowing him select his own clothes. Don't overwhelm him with too many choices. Letting him choose from two or three outfits is plenty. And since youngsters haven't mastered the art of coordinating colors, the outfit options you present should be interchangeable. Once your child has decided on an outfit, lay the selected pieces neatly on a chair so he can easily reach them the next morning.
Make a morning routine poster
A morning routine poster can effectively illustrate to a young child what he needs to do to get himself dressed everyday. Separate a poster board into columns, and then draw a picture of each clothing item (one garment per column). If you're not handy with markers, use a digital camera to take snapshots of the clothing pieces, and then tape them on the poster board. Make sure you put the drawings or snapshots in a logical order for your child to follow. For instance, you wouldn't put a picture of shoes in the first column because if your child puts his shoes on first, he won't be able to get his pants or socks on properly. After you finish the poster, hang it at your child's eye level in a spot where he can easily see it.
Get up earlier
Naturally, when kids are learning to dress themselves, they'll struggle quite a bit. So to prevent chaos, wake up earlier in the mornings to give your preschooler plenty of extra time to get ready. Also, unless your child is visibly frustrated, don't step in to help him until you've given him an ample amount of time to figure out how to put his clothes on.
Start simple
When you're first teaching your young child to dress himself, stick with clothes that are easy for him to put on such as pants with elastic waist bands, and pullover shirts and sweaters. Once your child gets the hang of dressing himself in simple clothing, he can graduate to garments with snaps, zippers, and buttons. Use a permanent marker to mark the bottoms of your kid's socks so he can tell which part of the socks belong on the bottom of his feet. To help your child learn to put his shoes on correctly, use specialty stickers that are created for this purpose. Also, in the beginning, don't overwhelm your child with the technicalities of shoe-tying. Instead, opt for shoes with velcro straps. You can incorporate tying shoelaces after your child learns to dress himself without struggling.
Master the buttons and zippers
"Buttons and zippers can be especially challenging for younger preschoolers who are just gaining control over their small muscles," says early education center director Patricia Hammonds. So start your youngster off with large buttons and buttonholes that are easy for little fingers to maneuver. If you are handy with a needle and thread, replace all of the small buttons on your child's shirts with bigger ones. And reinforce any loose buttons so they won't fall off while your child is fiddling with them. Sit down with your youngster and help him practice pushing the buttons in and out of the buttonholes. To make zipping easier for your kid, let him practice pulling the two sides of the zipper together while simultaneously zipping it up. Kids can also learn to maneuver buttons and zippers with fun activities such as playing dress up with oversized clothing and costumes, or by using "dress me" teddy bears and dolls. "There are tons of teddy bears and dolls on the market that come equipped with clothes that have snaps, buckles, zippers, laces, and buttons. These teddy bears give kids plenty of practice dressing, and are excellent for improving the dexterity in their fingers," says preschool teacher Erin James.
Curb criticism
Learning to get dressed is challenging for children - and being critical of them won't make the task any easier. So resist the temptation to say things like, "Your shirt is buttoned wrong," or "Your shoes are on the wrong feet again." Comments like these seem harmless, but they can devalue your child's efforts and crush his self-esteem. Instead, offer plenty of encouragement and honest praise for his efforts.
Teaching a youngster to dress himself can be taxing for both parent and child. But if you start simple, avoid criticizing, allow plenty of extra time in the mornings, and find ways to help your child strengthen his small muscles, he'll eventually become a pro at getting dressed!

0 Comments. Share your thoughts also.
Write a comment
Tariff
Add Rate

News Archive

Inside The New Nation

Sports »

Ageless Nadal outlasts teenager, Serena cruises


AFP, Melbourne :Rafael Nadal's ageing legs outlasted German teenager Alexander Zverev in an epic five sets as Serena Williams sailed into the last 16 at the Australian Open on Saturday.Nadal needed all his trademark grit against Zverev, 19, dubbed "the future of tennis", and his superior fitness told as he ...

Football »

Bangladesh National Women`s Football team accorded reception


Sports Reporter :Envoy Group accorded a reception to Bangladesh National Women's Football team at the conference room of Bangladesh Football Federation House on Saturday. Bangladesh National Women's Football team became runners-up in the SAFF Women's Championship at Siliguri in India on January 4. Bangladesh National Women's Football team lost to ...

Editorial »

America for America is not greatness


AS the world watches on, Mr Donald J. Trump as the new US President started rolling his make America great again policy in the very first day in office making the rest of the world feel all their anticipated fears coming into reality. His first executive order slashed parts of ...

Entertainment »

Priyanka Chopra slays on Jimmy Kimmel Live yet again!


After bagging her second consecutive People's Choice Award, Priyanka Chopra made her way back to the Jimmy Kimmel Live show, to promote Quantico. The show started off with Kimmel telling PeeCee how she smells so good, beginning the chitchat on a high and peppy note. When asked about New York ...

City »

BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir speaking at a representative conference of Zia Parishad in the auditorium of the Engineers Institution in the city on Saturday.


International »

British foreign secretary `positive and optimistic` on Trump


AP, Yangon :British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson says he's "positive and optimistic" that the policies of newly inaugurated President Donald Trump would work in Britain's favor.Johnson, who is visiting Myanmar, said Saturday he was "very optimistic" a trade deal could be done quickly with the new president, once Britain had ...

Editorial »

OIC must forge unity to assert its weight


THE meeting of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday ended with the call of the 57-member body for strong UN intervention to end the humanitarian crisis. The communiqué adopted at the end of the meeting emphasized immediate halt of atrocities, unhindered humanitarian access, end to ...

Entertainment »

Alvi pairs up with Selim again


Entertainment Report :National Film Award winner actor Shahiduzzaman Selim and Lux star Alvi worked together in several numbers of faction plays and drama serials. Their acted a new serial is being aired in a satellite channel now. However, M Dulal is making a new serial titled Tout Plus to cast ...

Chittagong »

CCC Mayor A J M Nasir Uddin speaking at a farewell programme of Institutes of Health Technology and Maths as Chief Guest on Thursday.


.

City »

`Dhaka Clean` conducted a cleanliness drive from the city`s Bijoy Swarani to Shahbagh on Friday.


.

International »

Trump pledges to unify US on inauguration eve


AFP, Washington :Billionaire Republican Donald Trump on Thursday pledged to bring unity to America as he swept into Washington on the eve of the most consequential moment of his life-his inauguration as 45th president of the United States.On Friday, Trump will cap an extraordinary and improbable run for the White ...

Editorial »

Boom in Stock Market needs cautious watch


MEDIA reports on Thursday said that the recent boom in the country's stock market has worried the economists and the government's high officials, including high officials of the capital market regulatory body. After the market crash in 2010-2011, the turnover on the bourses has risen astronomically in the last few ...

City »

Bangladesh Protidin family formed a human chain in front of the Jatiya Press Club on Thursday to meet its various demands including release of Savar Correspondent of the daily Nazmul Huda.


Entertainment »

Tania Brishti, Samrat, Pushpita together in Red Alert Family


Sheikh Arif Bulbon :Besides giving direction in small screen, Samrat is also engaged with acting. For this reason, he has to be engaged with both acting and giving direction every month. In the beginning of New Year, Samrat has started to take part in shooting of a new serial titled ...

International »

China notes progress in ties under US President Obama


AP, Beijing :Sidestepping recent disputes over Taiwan and regional security, China said Thursday that "important progress" has been made in its relationship with the U.S. under President Barack Obama and the two countries should move forward as partners rather than competitors.Asked to sum up relations under Obama, who leaves office ...

 
Items that you save may be read at any time on your computer, iPad, iPhone or Android devices.
 
Are you new to our website? Do you have already an account at our website?
Create An Account Log in here
Email this news to a friend or like someone
Email:
Write a comment to this news