Once a child is old enough to dress himself, the parent should never need to dress him again. Avoid situations where you feel that you are pressured into becoming involved in the dressing process.
"You're old enough to dress yourself."
If you're going to stay at home, don't allow your child to watch TV or go outdoors until he is completely dressed. Also, avoid buying clothing that is hard to get on.
Example: You need to take your child to school, day care, the store, or on some other errand. Your child won't dress herself (despite being able to) and eats breakfast slowly.
"You must be ready to leave the house by 8:30 each morning because we can't be late to school."
Praise your child for trying to dress herself, completely dressing herself, dressing herself promptly, or being ready to leave for school or other appointments on time.
Dress before breakfast. Show your child how you sometimes dress in a hurry.