In simple steps, teach your child how to wear his/her clothes!

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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 by parents.

From an educational perspective, the skill of “wearing clothes” is very essential because it reflects the child’s gradual independency, ability to solve problems, (e.g. putting on or taking off a piece of clothing), and the extent of understanding parents’ teaching and orientation.

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 leg to wear pants or raise their hand when taking off the jacket.. Do not expect too much from your child, tasks such as buttoning and zipping will take practice to achieve.

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 coordinate the colors of clothes 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 can be developed and mastered only if they are being practiced, you are being patience with your child, and you are giving constant motivation.

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