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Habit of Stripping Clothes in Kids
Toddlers do not understand modesty until they are five years old. They do not understand the need to do things that are socially acceptable. Wearing clothes may seem an unnecessary burden to the innate barbaric in them. They may like their birthday suits and parents have been embarrassed when their child insists on being a nudist or strip off his clothes and streak in a party with a broad grin on their faces. Here are some tips that you can use to make your child keep on their clothes, especially when somebody is around:
- Angry words, shouting or punishing the child when he disrobes may just have a negative impact on the child. Like all other ‘bad’ behaviors, he may try to repeat it again and again, just to get your attention.
- If you cannot ignore the habit of stripping clothes in the child, at least try to be calm. Speak gently to the person and do not try to accuse the child and make him feel vulnerable. Speak in third person and explain the child that he or she looks much more beautiful in clothes and that they should not take them off. For example, say “Harry looks so beautiful in his red T-shirt. Why would he ever think of taking it off, when he shouldn’t?”
- The rules about clothes may differ in different households. While in some communities, it may be okay for the toddler to walk around with no clothes on, in other communities, it may be considered very shameful and staying covered is compulsory. You have to let the child know about his boundaries and enforce the rules just like other rules in homes. You can use behavior correction tips given in this section for the purpose.
- Toddlers may keep stripping off clothes, if they feel overburdened or are too hot. Make sure that clothes for the baby are soft, light and comfortable for the child. Cozy clothes in winters and cool clothes in summers will more readily be tolerated by the kids.