Children seem to grow up so fast, but there comes a time when you can use their help with some of their jobs. Getting dressed, making their breakfast or brushing their teeth are just some of the things you can let your child do as they grow older. Teaching them that they can be more independent can be tricky as they might like you doing things for them. Here are a few tips on making your child more independent.
Give Your Child Warning
To start, you don’t want to spring the idea of doing things on their own as this may make them anxious and feel as if they have done something wrong. Tell them a few days in advance that you think they are ok to start doing a few things by themselves. Start with one job at first and when they have mastered that, move onto the next one. Soon, they will be doing many different things.
Make a List
Think about what things they can do on their own as they grow older. This list can include more complicated things, but at first, you just want to give them easy jobs. It is also a good idea to ask your child what they would like to do on their own; it will make them feel part of the process and give them the encouragement to do it.
When your child starts to do things for themselves, especially at the beginning, they are going to take more time then when you do it for them. For this reason, you need to allow more time for them and try not to rush them, if you do, they will get upset and might not want to do it again. See how much time it takes them to do certain things and build that extra time into your morning routine.
Don’t Expect Perfection
Your child will not be good at the things they do in the beginning, they may spill their cereal or not brush their hair properly, but that’s ok, allow them to make mistakes and try not to clear things away while they are still around. You can help to make things easier for them by trying to adapt areas such as the sink and the kitchen counter so that they can reach more easily. The website parent.guide has many ways that you can help your child adapt to their surroundings.
Try not to tell them if they have done the job wrong, instead, praise them for doing it in the first place. You can then guide them about the way they did it so that they get it right the next time. By doing this, they will feel proud of doing things on their own and be eager to try again next time.
With help and encouragement, you can help your child to develop the skills to do things for themselves. That will make them more independent and able to do more things for themselves as time goes on.