Teaching Your Child to Dress: Easy Steps

A girl wearing a white shirt and black and white skirt and is searching for a dress.
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When parents notice that their child starts to understand 2-3 step instructions, the time to teach self-dependency has arrived. Skills like wearing clothes or shoes are usually set as high prior to parents. From an educational perspective, the skill of “wearing clothes” is very essential because it reflects the child’s gradual independence, ability to solve problems, (e.g. putting on or taking off a piece of clothing).  Also, the extent of understanding parents’ teaching and orientation. So when to teach your child how to dress clothes! is an important question.

Therefore, when your child shows signs of readiness, you can start to teach him/her on how to take off or put on their clothes by asking them to raise their legs to wear pants or raise their hands when taking off the jacket. Do not expect too much from your child, tasks such as buttoning and zipping will take practice to achieve.


Here are Simple steps to Teach your Children How to Dress Themselves!!

To help your child develop self-help skills in wearing shoes and clothes, choose simple clothes for practicing with, such as a light shirt or jacket, and don’t pay attention to the speed of completing the task as much as you do to the fact that the child was able to wear their clothing on their own. As for shoes, choose velcro shoes or shoes with elastic laces at the start then move on to teach your child how to tie shoes with laces.

At the age of three years, it is necessary to teach your child how to dress coordinated colors of clothes.  He could learn By putting clothes in reach of their hands to compare their colors and appropriateness of use. This enables your child to learn the difference between swimwear, sleepwear, or picnic clothes.

If at any point you feel that your child finds it difficult to carry out the task, try to use a doll and teach him/her how to put on and take off its clothes. So that the process becomes clear. If your child has an elder sibling, you can ask for his/her help because children may understand things faster from their siblings.

Keep in mind, reaching the age of five without learning any of these skills may be an alert to contact a specialist to examine the child’s personal skills and receive proper counseling on the matter.

Finally, it is important to understand that self-help skills a child can develop and master only if he is practicing. You should be patient with your child, and you give constant motivation. 

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