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How to Dress Fussy Children

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Published May 7th 2013
Dress him up
If you have children, especially boys like me, you will understand how hard it can be to find clothes for them and to get them to wear certain clothes.

Has your child ever refused to stop wearing a certain shirt or pair of pants? My youngest son Cooper once was in love with this black t-shirt with a skeleton face on it. He wanted to wear it every day on the weekend, even if we had to go somewhere that required formal attire.

I had no idea how to get rid of Cooper's fascination with the shirt, so I decided to just simply put it in the washing machine, when he was at school one afternoon.

Saturday came around and he turned his bedroom upside down, looking for this shirt.

I told him I had to wash it because it was starting to smell and he had to choose another shirt to wear.

He cried, he screamed, he threw a tantrum, he hit his brother but he eventually got over it and simply put on a different shirt.

Anyway, the moral of the story is, there is a way you can dress fussy children.

Let the fascination be, if your child only wants to wear pink, or blue or green then let them. After about two weeks, stop the fascination and lay out a different colour for them to wear, however don't make a big deal of it.

Go through your child's wardrobe and ask them what is wrong with each piece of clothing, if they say they don't want to wear it. If they have a legitimate excuse such as "the waist is too tight" or "the buttons are hard to undo" then make up a bag and donate the clothes to charity.

Go out with your child and purchase new clothes, get them to try it on and if they really like it, get it.

If your child doesn't want to wear a piece of clothing because it's uncomfortable, get them to put it on and ask them where and what is bothering them. If it's because they can't undo a button, show them how to do it easily.

Don't get super complicated clothing for children. I once had a girl friend who would put her three year old son in suspenders. He always had to un-clip them when he went to the bathroom then would run out with the suspenders not fastened back on. It was really annoying for him, but she really wanted him to wear them.

Ask children their opinion on clothes, if your son doesn't want to wear a shirt because it has pink on it, fair enough. Young boys don't really appreciate the colour pink, I know this because I made the mistake of buying a jumper for my eldest son Lochlan, he didn't wear it once because there was a pink skull in the corner.

For children that are just simply fussy just to be annoying, lay out two outfits for them at the beginning of the day. Explain that they have to choose between the two and put one outfit on.

Don't become worried if your child really wants to go outside or to the shops in a dress up costume, it's a part of being a child. I've walked Superman down to the shops a few times.

Put the piece of clothing in the washing machine if your child doesn't want to give up wearing it. That's what I have had to do every once and a while.
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