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I am a father of a 6-year-old daughter. She comes out of school with her jacket wide open, even on wet rainy days. She knows how to zip her jacket and can do it very competently. It's just that she is lazy and wants it done for her, if she is in the mood to want it zipped that is. She needs asked to zip hers yet she is generally independent.

How can I make her zip her jacket up?

  • I have updated this question :). – Scottish Timothy Jul 13 at 21:06
  • How proficient is she with using zippers in general (and her jacket particularly?) – anongoodnurse Jul 14 at 12:49
  • She knows how to zip her jacket and can do it very competentely, its just that she is lazy and wants it done for her, if she is in the mood to want it zipped that is. – Scottish Timothy Jul 14 at 14:24
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In short you cannot make her do it.

You can tell her whenever you see her with it undone but is this really worth it if all it causes is an argument or you getting annoyed when she won’t listen? And besides, when you are not around you cannot make her. The best way, I believe, to teach her why it’s important to do it up is to try and develop some kind of intrinsic motivation for her to do so.

Such as

  • leaving her to deal with the negative consequences she will face of not zipping it up ( getting cold and/or wet , her jacket annoying her sometimes when it waves around as she’s running etc)
  • pointing these consequences out to her when you see them happening and remind her that zipping it up would help.

You say she can do the zip herself and she just won’t. I would avoid doing it for her if she can do it on her own. Let her learn through her own experience. If it really causes a problem for her she will learn to fix it herself.

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