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9 Surprising Ways You Might Be Over-Parenting Your Child

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Mother fixing girls dress

Dressing Your Child


Raise your hand if you still pick out your child's clothes, help him put them on, and help with zippers, buttons, socks and shoes. Guilty?

In reality, although he may need some help with buttons until he fine-tunes his motor skills, your child should be capable of dressing himself by the age of three. Instead of picking out what your child is going to wear, allow him to choose his own outfit from a few options you've selected. As he gets older, give him a little more range in options until he is fully independent in dressing himself.

We don't always agree with our child's fashion choices, but try to remember that his clothing is a form of self-expression. As long as his clothes are clean and decent, let him wear what he wants (even if you don't like it).

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