Magazine article Working Mother

Ask Dr. Sears

Magazine article Working Mother

Ask Dr. Sears

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My 3-year-old has a tough time with transitions, and it takes us forever to get out the door. What can I do to speed up my little dawdler?

A: Every parent knows how frustrating it can be to get a slow-moving child dressed or ready for bed. Many toddlers and preschoolers become so engrossed in their own agenda, they don't want to have anything to do with yours. Here are some smart ways to encourage a little more cooperation.

Plan ahead. Lay out your child's outfit the night before, giving him three choices to pick from. My wife, Martha, and I had eight children whom we needed to dress in a hurry, so we cut down on morning battles by preparing ahead and letting them wear what they wanted.

Make it a game. To speed up a poky dresser, lay out your child's clothes next to yours and have a race to see who can get dressed first. Play peekaboo with his shirt as you help him into it or sing a song while dressing. …

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