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Does your child dress independently? MahmuhMahmuh 3 kids; Wichita, Kansas 6706 posts
11th Aug '13

Do you let your child pick out their own clothes? When they're getting dressed do you help, tell them what to do? I have a 4 year old boy and 5 almost 6 year old girl.. My mother and I got into this discussion because she was at my house while my daughter was getting ready for church last night and she is quite the diva, she lays out a pink dress shirt, capris, pink flats, pink hair clip, earrings and matching necklace all before insisting she take a shower so she "doesn't stink at church" then handles her own lotion, powder, and deodorant and my mom is like " I have never met a 5 year old who takes so long to get ready".. My mom has 4 adopted children who are all still at home (ages 10, 9, 8, and 6) she picks out their clothes, reminds them all step by step of hygiene routines, and even sometimes dresses them. I have an older sister who still dresses her 11 year old daughter and brushes her hair every morning. I'm not trying to be judgemental, just genuinely curious if it is odd that my kids do most everything by themselves.. My son will try to skip brushing his teeth, but even he will dress himself and put lotion on without my help or direction. How old are your kids? Can they get themselves ready?

Jax 3 kids; Sydney, NS, Australia 2888 posts
11th Aug '13

My 8yo DD dresses herself every day/night. She picks out her own clothes and get herself ready for school every morning. Even makes/packs her own lunch. She will brush her hair but gets me to tie it up coz she can't get it as high or tight as she wants it.
DS1 who is 3yo also picks out his own clothes and will attempt to dress himself. He can do his undies and pants, gets his top over his head but always gets stuck with the arms. He's just started to learn to do his socks, but always ends up frustrated.

3&Me 3 kids; Australia 997 posts
11th Aug '13

My 4 year old is getting into the habit of getting himself dressed first thing in the morning so he's been picking his clothes more often. He doesn't mind my opinion though, he often lays out 2 different pants and shirts to ask which I think he should wear.
There's still times ill pick his clothes and help him dress if we're in a hurry.
He washes his own hair and body and brushes his teeth. I double check his molars are done properly though because he concentrates more on his front teeth.
It's not everyday he does all these things with out arguing or a big dramatic sigh lol

Booger & Bubba's Mommy 18 kids; Illinois 8136 posts
11th Aug '13

They (4&6) get dressed & can pick out their clothes without issue. They brush their teeth & wash faces & hands by themselves. They don't shower independently,but thats cause i want to make sure they are clean. We don't use Lotion daily & will not use a chemical laden deodorant until they need to.




I don't see why a 5yo girl needs lotion, powder & deodorant daily.

The Master 2 kids; Perth, Australia 19989 posts
11th Aug '13

my 2 year old would happily dress himself every day but I don't want him wearing his Cars pajama pants, Thomas the Tank rugby jumper, and tractor wellington boots every day :)

The Master 2 kids; Perth, Australia 19989 posts
11th Aug '13
Quoting Booger & Bubba's Mommy:" They (4&6) get dressed & can pick out their clothes without issue. They brush their teeth & wash faces ... [snip!] ... not use a chemical laden deodorant until they need to. I don't see why a 5yo girl needs lotion, powder & deodorant daily."


or at all ... their skin is so sensitive and delicate at that age

Jax 3 kids; Sydney, NS, Australia 2888 posts
11th Aug '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Booger & Bubba's Mommy:</b>. I don't see why a 5yo girl needs lotion, powder & deodorant daily."</blockquote>



!
I don't get this either. I won't let my 8yo put anything on her body other than soap when she's washing herself.

Jax 3 kids; Sydney, NS, Australia 2888 posts
11th Aug '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting TG3:</b>" my 2 year old would happily dress himself every day but I don't want him wearing his Cars pajama pants, Thomas the Tank rugby jumper, and tractor wellington boots every day :)"</blockquote>




Haha cute

Adriana's Mami♥ +1 Due December 14 (boy); 33 kids; Ontario 3858 posts
11th Aug '13

My 6 year old stepdaughter sounds the same way as your daughter. Since the age of 3 she picked out her own clothing. Now she showers herself, brushes and blow dries her own hair and picks out her own outfits (she actually does the same with her 2 year old sister, its rare that i have to pick out her outfit). The only time she looks to me for help is to know what the weather will be like that day.

I♥RYLEIGH 49 kids; Windsor, Ontario 10437 posts
11th Aug '13
Quoting Booger & Bubba's Mommy:" They (4&6) get dressed & can pick out their clothes without issue. They brush their teeth & wash faces ... [snip!] ... not use a chemical laden deodorant until they need to. I don't see why a 5yo girl needs lotion, powder & deodorant daily."


:!:

3&Me 3 kids; Australia 997 posts
11th Aug '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting TG3:</b>" or at all ... their skin is so sensitive and delicate at that age"</blockquote>




My 4 y/o DS gets to put some deodorant spray under his arms, on his shirt sometimes... He gets excited when SO lets him :)

Booger & Bubba's Mommy 18 kids; Illinois 8136 posts
11th Aug '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting K+2.5:</b>" <blockquote><b>Quoting TG3:</b>" or at all ... their skin is so sensitive and delicate ... [snip!] ... My 4 y/o DS gets to put some deodorant spray under his arms, on his shirt sometimes... He gets excited when SO lets him :)"</blockquote>




My 6yo isn't intrested at all. My 4yo has asked so I put the cap on & "use it" on him. That way none gets on him but he feels like it did. He also likes me to put makeup (powder) on him to "look pretty". He is so flamboyant it's adorable.

3&Me 3 kids; Australia 997 posts
11th Aug '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Booger & Bubba's Mommy:</b>" <blockquote><b>Quoting K+2.5:</b>" <blockquote><b>Quoting TG3:</b>" ... [snip!] ... but he feels like it did. He also likes me to put makeup (powder) on him to "look pretty". He is so flamboyant it's adorable."</blockquote>




Aw :)
My 2 y/o likes my makeup brushes because their soft lol

homes cool Due August 1; 2 kids; 2 angel babies; Indiana 61641 posts
11th Aug '13

My 5 year old gets herself ready. She's pretty simple though. She either grabs a dress, or some capris and a t-shirt. She's low maintenance like me.

Mason & Carmen's Mommy 2 kids; 3 angel babies; Michigan 3742 posts
11th Aug '13

My 5yr old DS gets him self dressed and brushes his teeth but I always pick out his clothes. The few times I have let him pick out his clothes its always his red sweat pants and fireman boots with a pj shirt lol. I don't mind picking out his clothes, I like him to always look his best. Oh and he can't reach his top three drawers either (he has a tall older dresser) and he also can't reach the clothes in his closet to its just easier if I do it.