Learn how to encourage independence in your child while nurturing self-confidence and self-reliance.
- ‘I’m so proud of you!’. Tell your child this, and say how capable she has become, so much so that she’s
ready for new responsibilities…
- Delegate. Discuss which roles Mom’s happy to do (shopping for lunchbox contents) and what the kids are now taking over (making beds and opening curtains in the morning; packing lunches after supper in the evening). A chart can be a good reminder.
- Don’t forget to guide at first. It’s easy to assume that kids know how to make their bed or lunchbox, but it’s best to give them a ‘demo’ to get them started. Some kids might love perfecting hospital bed corners with their sheets and some will opt for no top sheet, and just a duvet!
- Take note and respond. Praise them for keeping up their responsibilities. Adding to and changing
their chores occasionally will keep them helpful around the house without getting bored.
Kids are more likely to help when they see responsibilities as privileges.
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