Wednesday, November 09, 2005

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.

10 Comments:

Blogger Simon Peter said...

Haven't tried that one. I just drilled the princesses in fully cooperating with daddy's directives at jacket putting on time.

"Put your hand in here"
"Put your other hand in here"
"No, this, hole"
"Put your other hand in this hole"
"Stand still while I zip it up"
"Done"
"Next"

All children present and accounted for.

11/09/2005 01:11:00 PM  
Blogger Stephen (aka Q) said...

I've seen this in action, and it is magical. You need to post a video. Too bad we don't know how to do that.
Q

11/09/2005 01:21:00 PM  
Blogger Aginoth said...

We've used that with all our aginothlings :o)

11/09/2005 02:04:00 PM  
Blogger Susan said...

Henry was so proud of himself when he learned to do that trick. Now he can't wait for real coat weather so he can teach Charlie.

Hooray!

11/09/2005 05:45:00 PM  
Blogger Mary P. said...

Simon: Nicely described, and that method works just fine, but I want not to have to do it five or six times in a row!

Q: A video with the faces pixellated out, like they do for people who are testifying against the mob. Which we really don't know how to do!

Aginoth: Your nine-month-old can put on her own coat?? I'm tremendously impressed!

Susan: Oh, stop. I know it's 85 degrees where you are, but up here, trust me on this, it's "real" coat weather. We had a wee bit of snow, our first this year, just after lunch. Now it's POURING (rain) out there.

Older sibs can be such a great parenting aid, can't they? When they're not being terrible bad examples, that is.

11/09/2005 07:57:00 PM  
Blogger Candace said...

My kids' preschool taught them this and I was thunderstruck! I mean, really, I'm a smart girl but I never ever would have thought of that!

The preschool was all about the independence, too (it was/is an integrated preschool with both special needs kids and typically developing kids). I LOVED it.

11/09/2005 08:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Sharkey said...

If only the zipping were so easy.

11/09/2005 10:10:00 PM  
Blogger Anon said...

LOL, will have to try that with the litul uns.

11/10/2005 05:08:00 AM  
Blogger Misfit Hausfrau said...

That is exactly how we taught Ella how to put on a coat. Works like a charm!

11/10/2005 07:13:00 AM  
Blogger Granny said...

I'm embarassed to admit my girls (can't remember which one, probably Rebecca), showed me this trick. Even at 67, it's never to late to learn a new trick.

11/13/2005 09:46:00 AM  

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