Parenting Tip: Getting a Jacket on "The Magic Way"
It's fall, rapidly devolving into winter. Hats, scarves, mittens, and jackets bulge from the coathooks in the front hall; outings have become several layers more complicated. In the interests of efficiency - and of the intellectual stimulation of the children, of course - the children are encouraged to manage as much of this as possible on their own. We put on our jackets "the magic way". Familiar with this? Children can manage this manoeuvre as soon as their arms are long enough: if your tot can touch his hands together over the top of his head, he can probably get his own coat on! 1. Lay the coat on the floor in front of the child. It is unzipped and open. The child stands facing the coat, at the collar end, so the coat is upside-down to him. 2. While the coat is on the floor, the child reaches down and inserts his hands into the sleeve openings. 3. This is the trickiest bit, and requires a bit of practice: With his hands inserted into the beginning of the sleeves, the child raises his hands above his head, and then lowers his arms to the sides. This motion forces the hands down through the sleeves. As the coat is falling (magically!) into place, the child will likely need to duck his head a bit to allow it to slip down where it belongs. Done. The coat is now on.