It is hard to believe that another summer has nearly passed and the kids are gearing up for a fresh year of school. Although I enjoy the long days and late wake-up calls of summer, it's nice to get everyone back into a routine.
- Make sure that tasks are age-appropriate. A preschooler can't pick up the whole house, but can definitely pick up his/her toys in the bedroom and can make their bed in the morning (not perfectly, but remember, this will improve!).
- Teach your child to dress themselves. They may need help with tricky parts like buttons and shoelaces, but know that these skills do come with time.
- Don't give in to whining. As long as you know that the task is age-appropriate, don't jump in to help. Try saying, "As soon as you put your toys in the bin, we will go to the library. Let me know when you're done."
- Teach your child to ask for help. Mastering new skills does take time, and there is a difference between whining (saying I can't do it) and asking for an adult to help. Guide them through the new skills and watch as they quickly learn to do work independently.
- Thank them for their work and give big hugs!