To do: Plan an outing, let your child get dressed all by themselves, give them time and encouragement
Time: 30 minutes
Materials: All the items you’ll need to go on a fun outing like to the zoo or pumpkin patch
A big component of helping your child be independent is building extra time in to your schedule. A child might take a few more minutes than we do to get dressed, think through a problem or eat dinner.
Today, plan a fun excursion, like to the pumpkin patch or bakery, and let your child get dressed all by themselves. You’re not on anyone else’s timeline!
Rather than saying “Good Job” each time your child accomplishes a task, try these expressions instead.
- You did it!
- Wow, I see that.
- It looks like we will have extra time at the bakery.
- Those gloves look just right on your fingers!
- It seems we’re almost ready to get in the car. What’s the last thing to do?
Asking leading question and making nonjudgmental observations allows your child to get themselves ready for internal satisfaction rather than your external praise.
You can help your child independently and happily get themselves dressed by providing time and space!
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