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    Wear something nicer? Wear something for going out?

    Parent: Go upstairs and change. We're going out.

    Child: I like these clothes.

    Parent: Those are house clothes. We're going to visit Grandpa. Wear something nicer.

    For the above situation, do you have a better word for nicer? I don't want to give the child the impression that his house clothes aren't nice.


    Option 2: Those are house clothes, clothes you wear around the house. Wear something for going out.

    Something for going out
    sounds awkward. Would "Wear something casual" work?
    Last edited by curiousmarcus; 05-Aug-2016 at 05:08.
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    Re: Wear something nicer?

    Yes, 'nicer' works. The kid knows what it means and what the implications are, if s/he's over 5 or 6.

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    Re: Wear something nicer?

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    Yes, 'nicer' works. The kid knows what it means and what the implications are, if s/he's over 5 or 6.
    What do you say to those below 5?

    I edited my original post and added a second option, by the way.
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    Re: Wear something nicer? Wear something for going out?

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    I think that "nicer" is a natural choice, and doesn't necessarily disparage the house clothes. It would be understood in this context to mean "more suitable for going out". Although I can imagine a child pushing back a little.
    Child: These are nice.
    Parent: I know, but they're not for going out.

    The other term that occurs to me is "smarter".

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    Re: Wear something nicer?

    Quote Originally Posted by curiousmarcus View Post
    What do you say to those below 5?
    You take the child upstairs, choose something suitable, and say, "Now, wouldn't grandma like to see you in these?"

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    Re: Wear something nicer?

    You could say Wear something dressier.
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