It’s not easy to put on socks – especially when you’re only two! This is K’s Toddler Tip of the week – how to put on socks!
Socks are sometimes my favorite things in the whole wide world. Other times, they’re biting my feet and I have to scream and kick to get them off of me.
I had lots of biting socks for a while, but then Mawmaw bought me some magic sparkly socks. They don’t bite; they turn my feet into precious princess slippers. I like wearing these socks a lot, but I have to put them on all by myself because I’m almost two and a half.
Mommy doesn’t seem to realize how grown up I am now, so I spend most of my day telling her over and over: “I do it ALL BY MYSELF.”
Socks are no exception, so when Mommy has me pick out my socks, I MUST put them on all by myself. If Mommy even looks like she’s *thinking* of helping me, I very loudly assure her “I DO IT ALL BY MYSELF.”
Next, I sit down on the floor, and start pulling the folded socks apart. Sometimes this takes multiple tries because socks are as tricky as the peanut butter jar lid. They don’t like being put on feet. You have to convince them.
You will try to put your toes in the hole, and they will go in there just fine – but then they’ll get stuck and won’t go in the rest of the way. The appropriate thing to do is just keep pulling and pulling on them. Sometimes they’ll stretch out, or maybe they’ll go right onto your foot and behave like a good sock. About half the time, they’ll just hold onto your toes and refuse to go over your ankles.
At this point, the socks are just trying to make you mad. You need to add in some intimidation. You might try using all your bad words on them, yelling “NO,” and “STOP IT” and “YOU’RE MEAN.” You might also try being their mommy, and tell them “Be NICE. LISTEN to me!”
Socks don’t listen very well, so you’ll have to be louder than mommy ever gets. Sometimes a threat works, too. I once told my socks that they looked sleepy – we all know what THAT means.
Socks might even need to be cowed into submission with a beating. If they’re not listening to me after ten seconds, I sometimes throw them or kick them until Mommy stops me (my Mommy is ALWAYS on the sock’s side. Her loyalties are all over the place!!!). This doesn’t really help that much, but maybe the beat-up socks will go back to the sock drawer and tell their friends how scary and mean you are when they don’t listen. Then the frightened socks go on much easier because they don’t want any trouble.
If all of the above actions fail, then there really only is one option left – get help from Mommy.
Sometimes, this is just terrible. You COULD just ask for help, but I don’t know how someone can expect you to do that after an emotional trauma. It’s totally understandable if you need to just hurl yourself to the floor and sob for a while. I do that all the time, and find it quite refreshing.
More than likely, your mommy will start saying things about using your words and asking if you need help. Remember: You don’t NEED help. You can do it ALL BY YOURSELF.
But…it’s okay if she helps. A little. Just this once.
You can do it all by yourself next time, DEFINITELY.
Congratulations! One way or another, you now have socks on!