Every kid is different. Your friends have told you how cute their toddlers look when they become independent trying to put on their clothes and eat independently. However, your little one does not seem to hurry. There is nothing wrong with this as every kid has got his/her own pace of development and growth.
While parents cannot change the desires of their children when it comes to independent activities, there are still some steps that can motivate and develop the motor skills of your toddler. We have compiled a list with some of them.
1. Buy Outfits Your Kid Like
At the age of 3, your kid can already participate in the decision-making process. Go shopping together or open the website and look at the outfits of The Trendy Toddlers that are available. Ask your little one what color is his/her favorite, which print and pattern is favorable. This will not only help you find out more about your child but will also develop the imagination of your toddler.
2. Provide a Choice
Aside from including your kid in the process of buying outfits, ask which pants or T-shirt your little one would like to put on today. In order not to get an unexpected response, preselect several options, and provide them for the choice. Be sure that you have explained that your child should opt among the provided options, not a Spider-Man suit you have bought for Halloween.
3. Make Foolish Mistakes
Confuse pants and a sweater and try putting the latter on the legs. Your kid will like the joke and probably will want to show how to put clothes on correctly. They love feeling like adults. Give this chance to your kid.
4. Learn a Song or Verse
Among rhymes and songs, you will find something you will like and your kid will remember. Accompany the song with actions of putting pieces of wardrobe on. This can develop not just motor skills but also speech.
5. Compete With Your Toddler
Kids love competing with their parents. Who will be the first to…:
- Put clothes on;
- clean the teeth;
- wash hands;
- run to the car, etc.
Make sure that your little one has got the chance to win and show that you have tried to be the first.
6. Be Patient
Probably, your attempts won’t bring success. Why not leaving the situation as it is? After all, the period when you will be able to dress your kid won’t be endless. These are the sweet moments you will be reminiscing on in a few years when your little one will run to the school bus in the morning.
In parenthood, the most important is not to chase the standards and achievements of other children. If you have failed now, wait for a month or two, and this situation will seem just fun. Enjoy the period of toddlerhood and have no worries about such trivial matters.