Part of Noah’s increased independence is putting on his own clothes, no matter how inconvenient it is for Dad to wait for him. Underwear, pants, shirts, socks, shoes, jacket. He doesn’t want help with any of it.
And, the thing he seems to struggle with the most, and coincidentally which he gets most discouraged about, is pulling up his undies the right way. If time zones are my Kryptonite, underwear are Noah’s.
And, when he’s feeling extra frustrated at having to take them off, turn them around, and pull them on the correct way again, I always look at him and honestly say, “Noah, it’s all right. Sometimes Dad puts his underwear on backwards too.”
In fact, Dad puts his underwear on backwards at least 20-30% of the time. After drying off, I grab a clean pair, pull ’em up, and notice that they feel uncomfortably tight in the front and loose in the back. Without fail, I always get frustrated and want to curse when I discover my mess-up. I mean, taking off a pair of undies, turning them around, and pulling them back on is a pain in the keester. No pun intended.
It’s for this reason that I sympathize with Noah when he also gets frustrated over it. In reality, I’m actually very encouraged by the fact that he is near to my same success rate for putting them on correctly. At this rate he’ll leave me in the backwards undies dust in no time.
Underwear… they’re just tricky.
Dan Pearce, Single Dad Laughing
PS. Anybody else have issues putting clothing on the right way? What is your Kryptonite?