Assisting Your Child to Become Self-Sufficient

By Mabel Ekperen

Children need to be given increased roles and responsibilities as they get older. When you execute fundamental activities for your children, you are not doing them any favors.

In truth, children might develop a sense of powerlessness emanating from experience, such as when a youngster loses autonomy and is unable or unwilling to perform mature tasks, which is known as defeatism.

Here are some suggestions to instill confidence in your youngster.

Create a To-do list

Make a list of things that your child should be able to complete independently and consult them to know which duties they believe they can complete without supervision, such as dressing or putting toys away.

Allow them to practice in front of you if they are unsure and consequently take out tasks for which they are unable to complete. Remember that when kids know what’s required of them, they function better.

Do Not Expect Perfection

Because children are still developing their motor abilities, incidents such as splattering liquid while trying to pour themselves a glass is possible. Try not to reprimand them if they make a mistake, instead, show them how to do things correctly in a gentle manner. Explain that no one is flawless and that everyone makes errors.

Give Them Ample Time

Give children enough time in comparison to adults because they require more time to complete activities and allow them the time, they require to avoid getting stressed. Start your daily schedule earlier if it takes your youngster some minutes longer to put on their socks and shoes in the morning. They will become faster at their tasks as they practice.

Establish a Routine

Routine is necessary for children to manage their duties, lest they become confused and agitated. Explain to them when specific chores must be completed, like packing their toys before retiring to bed for the day.

Give Compliments

Children enjoy being praised for their accomplishments, so when your child does anything on their own, compliment them especially if it is something they previously required assistance with. You could also reward them even if they made a mistake.

Conclusively, it may appear like doing things for your children rather than allowing them to do them on their own is easier and faster. Alas! giving children the freedom to do things on their own, helps them build a sense of accountability and success.

They’ll be able to apply their problem-solving talents to unfamiliar circumstances with ease as they get older. Encouraging autonomy and responsibility lead to a character who is self-assured, industrious, respectful, and capable of recognizing and meeting needs in the greater scheme of things.