How to Con Your Kid: 15 Simple Scams for Mealtime, Bedtime, Bathtime -- Anytime!

Wouldn't it be great if kids just did what they were told? Since they often don't, here's how you can trick them into doing what you need them to do (16 Photos)

David Borgenicht and James Grace on Apr 5, 2012 at 6:17PM

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How to Get Your Kid Dressed

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a David Borgenicht and James Grace on Apr 5, 2012 at 3:33PM

Maybe it's that kids prefer to be in control; maybe it's that they don't like things being pulled over their heads -- either way, getting dressed can be a daily struggle if not handled correctly.

Basic Cons
--Turn getting dressed into a race: "Quick! We have to get dressed before Mommy sees you! Hurry! She's coming . . ." or "Let's see if we can get you dressed before I count to twenty."
--Use the carrot-and-stick method of persuasion: "We have to get dressed if we're going to make it to the zoo/museum/toy store."
--Teach your child how to get dressed by herself (as much as possible). Tape pictures of clothing on her dresser drawers so that she knows where everything is located.

Short Cons
"Do you want to wear this outfit or that outfit?"
"Do you want to put on your pants first, or your shirt?"
"Do you want to get dressed standing up or lying down?"

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