I know that the sense of control over situations often gets the best of us as parents. We want what is best for our children and always want to rush to their side to help them.
Consider taking a couple of steps back. And just see what your children are capable of. You will have to give cues and prompts along the way, but the result often is that your child can complete most tasks on their own. Here’s a list of things that your child (ages 2+) is fully capable of doing:
- getting dress (from picking out the clothes to putting them on, and buttoning and zipping)
- wiping up spills and messes that they made
- putting away their belongings
- making some of their daily choices
- taking responsibility for their actions
- toileting (whatever step they are on, let them try to do what they can)
These simple tasks will not uproot your way of doing things; it’s honestly going to make your life easier. That’s right…easier!
You are guiding your child in the direction of success at a young age. It’s easier to start teaching how to do things and setting expectations earlier in life. Age appropriately putting more on your child a little at a time. By the time they are five, they will be overqualified for Kindergarten-Ha!
Lead Pre-Kindergarten Teacher