No matter if it is your niece’s school play, your nephew’s football game, a holy communion or a wedding, many of you have probably experienced difficulties when it comes to dressing up your child for special occasions. You need to be able to survive your children and their caprice with minimum collateral damage on your nerves, so let us see how you can avoid losing your nerves every time you need to go to a family gathering or a wedding.
Make them think they decide
Making your children think that they have decided what to wear is even more important than what they are going to wear. To trick them, you can make an agreement with your brother or sister or anybody close to the family who you know your son or daughter look up to. That person of your children’s trust is the crucial one in this situation. Make him or her take your child for a walk and suggest your baby boy or girl what he or she could wear for the event. They can even ask kids what items they like and dislike. Once that part of the dress-up mission is over, your child is ready to go for walk with you and you will know where to take him or her and what to offer them.
Weddings, terrible weddings
For most children, weddings are terrible. They need to act unnaturally, behave as if they are adults and, what is worse, they are going to miss their favourite cartoon on TV. While nowadays you can easily make up for the cartoon with the help of websites on the internet, the fact that kids are not meant for weddings remains true. If you still decide that your prince or princess should be dressed up as an adult, wearing a tuxedo, a shirt and a tie, or a long pink dress, check out these amazing star wedding gallery.
Since weddings do not belong to their genuine world, they will probably not be too interested in them. However, their friends and relatives’ birthdays might cause a completely different reaction. Kids and teenagers appreciate their peers’ opinion more than anything else. Being aware of that, you must leave them choose their own clothes on their own. If they like Black Keys or Rihanna or whatever, you need to let them wear that motif on their clothes. Younger children cannot have a limited possibility of choice, so you need to suggest them what to wear. For children’s birthdays, the best solution is T-shirts for both boys and girls. They can decide what patterns they want.
In addition to the outfit they are wearing, you need to prepare them another one, in case they spill juice on their clothes or drop a piece of cake.
Dressing up is important for children as it is for us. They just copy our behaviour and reactions. So, let your children choose what to wear, but be there for any question or advice.
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