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Ds will be 3 in just a few weeks. We rarely have "struggles" over anything as I try to be fairly laid back, think of ways to make things fun, etc. However getting him dressed and out the door has become a nightmare. He will run from us, struggle with us, kick us, hit us, the works.<br><br>
I've tried letting him get himself dressed but he doesn't want to. I've tried letting him pick out his own clothes. I've tried games. Nothing works. When we're trying to get out of the house to do something he wants to do I won't fight him. Heck just today we were going to go out for ice cream. He was SO excited but when the clothes came out he refused. I finally explained to him if he didn't wear clothes we couldn't get ice cream. So he said he didn't want ice cream. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: I said fine and we went on with our day. (Which stinks, I wanted ice cream too! lol).<br><br>
Of course sometimes we have things that just need to get done. Usually I just make my dh struggle with him. I'm in my 3rd trimester, I don't need a 35 lb kid kicking me and hitting me. Dh is gone this week though so it's been all me. We haven't gone out much since I have shingles but we had to go out to get food yesterday. It was a struggle the whole time. And he will cry and fight but as soon as he's completely dressed he stops crying, he's back to his usual self, and he's pushing us out the door as fast as he can.<br><br>
This kid LOVES to go out. Since day one he's had a need to be out in the world. I've learned that he really needs to get out and be around other people at least once a day. Even when he was an infant if he was fussy we would just say "ok, off to the mall we go" and we'd stick him in the stroller and he'd be happy as a clam the entire time. I really need to be able to get out of the house with him without being completely frustrated about the clothes issue. Any ideas? It's been going on for quite a few months now.
 

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I totally feel you on this one. Mine is 20 months and is just a nightmare to get clothes on.<br><br>
I don't know how this would work with a 3 year old, but I take ds out onto the steps outside the house and all of a sudden he chills out and lets me dress him all the way to shoes and socks. Much happier outside!!!<br><br>
On another note, could your son have a skin sensitivity issue? Just a thought...<br><br>
I hope you get some helpful suggestions!!! At least you are not alone...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 
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