Now that Goblin is day-time potty trained we thought we ought to work on getting him to dress and undress himself. I'm sure a lot have kids have mastered getting dressed before they are three years old. But Goblin hasn't. Some children seem more interested in clothes and choosing what they will wear - Goblin is not. In fact the only interest he ever pays in what he is or isn't wearing is when we try to get him to take off his pyjamas. Then we often get a massive hissy fit. If it was up to him he'd mooch around the house in his pyjamas all day and quite happily go out in them too - as evidenced by several occasions when he has gone to nursery in his pyjama top because he has refused to take it off and I couldn't be bothered to fight about it.
So how do you get a child who isn't interested, to take that next step towards independence and dress themselves?I read a post over at Harvesting Kale about a dressing basket. I thought that would be a great way to motivate Goblin. I went out and bought a funky basket, I tried to get him involved in choosing his clothes for the following day but he wouldn't engage in the conversation. So I chose them, put them in his basket and directed him to them the next morning. At midday he was still in his pyjamas. This went on for several days until I gave up.