This is part of a series about small parenting tricks that have worked or not worked for us. I find it so helpful to hear other parents’ tricks for the tiny, daily frictions of raising humans, and so I’ll be adding examples of our shots in the dark that actually worked, or at least half worked. See the full series here.
Getting our two-and-a-half-year-old dressed was for many months a struggle. These are various tricks we tried to help get her out the door. Each worked at least briefly.
May you get out the door quickly this morning.
- We let her pick her own clothes. This worked for about one day.
- We used a visual task board app. She really liked moving her tasks to the ‘done’ column. This worked, inconsistently, for about a week. This is the app we used. I wouldn’t call it a great app, but it did the trick.
- We ‘race’ to get dressed. Her opponent is either her baby brother or me. This works intermittently.
- We pick out an outfit for her, and lay it out on the ground in our entryway. She rejects it, and picks out her own outfit. This is currently working, and it’s turned into a game for us, too, picking out the most outlandish combinations possible.