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Learning to Dress

There are big advantages to children learning to dress themselves. Both allow developmental tasks, like toilet training, to move forward. Dr. Susan Bartell weighs in on the psychological advantages of independence while Kerianne Wilmot tells us how to help our kids accomplish these important skills.


While it can be time consuming and frustrating to teach and reinforce each step necessary to learning—sleeves, buttons, zippers, laces—the investment now will be well worth it later when your child feels empowered and competent.


Who knew dressing was so complicated? While the idea of putting on and taking off individual articles of clothing seems easy, I can assure you, for a toddler, it is absolutely not!

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