When you have a preschooler, you learn that simple tasks can be quite complex. Take putting on a jacket, for example. I always see parents standing in doorways, holding up little coats and windbreakers while instructing: “Right arm! No, the other one! OK, now the other arm! Stretch! You’re almost there! Got it. Now onto the buttons.” It is a process.
Let us empower these children of our future. Teach them the “flip trick”, a simple way for kids to put on their jackets all by themselves in just a few seconds.
How it works: First, they lay the jacket on a flat surface (the ground or a table), with the inside facing up. Then they make sure they’re standing near the top of the jacket, next to the collar or hood. Finally, they slide their arms into the armholes and flip the jacket over their heads. Boom. The jacket is on and they’re ready to go.
Watch my daughter demonstrate:
Now you can teach them how to tie their shoes. Your work will soon be done.