Have Them Help Pick The Outfit
Make buying an Easter outfit an event. They don't have to pick out the entire outfit if they're still challenged by coordination. You can let kids choose something as substantial as a garment or as tiny as an accessory they love. If they have a favorite costume to wear, consider a tiny piece of jewelry to represent that costume instead.
Make Everything New
Imagine how much fun it will be if everything your child is wearing is new. Get them dressed head to toe in new clothing, undergarments and all. It's a great way to emphasize the meaning of the holiday while also making it exciting for kids. Plus, it'll be a great reminder to replenish any undergarments that may be holier than the holiday.
Have It Be A Surprise
For those kids whose fashion sense hasn't developed yet or if you're looking to stay on a strict budget, consider making their outfit a surprise. You can make it part of the egg hunt on Easter morning. You can turn a hat upside-down and fill it with eggs and more.
Like Parent, Like Child
If your children are still in those sweet years of wanting to be just like mommy and daddy, consider buying a little necklace, bracelet or tie clip for you and your mini you. This way, you and your child can have a matching piece without it being so obvious.
Disguise Everyday Clothes
Sometimes the only way to win is to give in. Instead of a typical undershirt under a button-down, give them a fun shirt instead. Make sure the outer-most shirt won't let the fun undershirt show through and you're set to go. Sports fans would love new baseball shirts, or you can find something with their favorite characters or TV show.
Build Up To It
Getting dressed in a fancy outfit may be easier if you build the outfit week by week. Add a new layer to your child's look each week so that by the time Easter comes, they'll be used to the routine. It may be tedious, but kids may put up less of a fight come Easter.
Stop Yourself From Whining, Too
Don't fight the whining and don't become a part of it. Kids are going to whine. Instead of getting frustrated, approach the situation with an unwavering positive attitude. You're the adult and you know they're going to have to dress up in one way or another. If they're really fussy, they may tire themselves out enough that they'll give in.
Getting dressed up to sit down for a while isn't always fun, especially for kids, but with early preparation or something extra to look forward to, the struggle doesn't have to ruin the holiday. By working with your kids, it'll help make things go smoothly so everyone can enjoy Easter.