Fussy dressers and how parents can ease the drama

Fussy dressers and how parents can ease the drama

If you’re a parent of fussy dressers, you know all too well just how much drama the daily dressing routine can cause. In fact, you often spend more time dressing your kid than yourself. But here’s the help you’ve been waiting for! Let’s take a look at some of the top challenges of fussy dressers and how you can work to overcome or avoid them.


Problems that cause fussy dressers

Too many options

In most cases, fussy dressers don’t have such big issues with the look of certain clothes, but more with the texture and fit. And when it’s not 100% right according to their needs, it can elicit all kinds of responses from kids. You really want to avoid them feeling overwhelmed and give them limited choices when it comes to their clothing. Stick to two outfits to choose from so that the decision is easier for them to make.


The closet is stocked with unapproved items

It can be super tempting to try and steer your kid towards clothing choices you’d make for yourself, but in the end, if you give them what they prefer, it’ll help keep drama levels down. You need to invest in items that you both agree on and make sure your kid’s closet is filled with those items. A lot of kids are sensitive to texture, so before buying anything, make sure they try it on first.


Shopping is always a nightmare

It can feel like a real burden to go shopping with your kid, but that’s only if you allow it to happen. Try to make the shopping experience a fun and memorable one, and base it on your kid’s preferences. You should have a clear idea of what you’re shopping for before taking to the shops. Knowing the end results will see half the battle won before the onslaught has even begun.


Not being prepared

There really isn’t any place for procrastination in the mornings when it comes to getting a fussy dresser ready for school. This is prime time for meltdowns and frustration, so make sure you’re ready for it before it starts. Lay out your kid’s outfit the night before and make sure you’ve both agreed on the outfit for the next day before your kid goes to bed.


Not utilizing the power of layers

Allow your kids to make themselves more comfortable as the day progresses by dressing them in layers. This gives them a little more control too. Perhaps you might consider packing their favourite sweatshirt or another pair of shoes in their bag so that they have options throughout the day.

By Seldean Smith

Seldean is a full-time single mom and avid contributor to the Kiddles website. Her hobbies include discovering awesome new places and spaces for kids and writing content that resonates with the hearts of other parents.

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