As our kids get older, they will be exposed to different environments and challenges. Most of the time, they have to face these challenges alone. That is why it is important to teach your kids the importance of independence at an early age.
Here are some tips on how you can teach your kids to be independent:
- Allow your kids to help you
Sometimes, we mistake our children’s curiosity for annoyance, especially if they are trying to “bother” us when we are doing some household chores. But it can also be a sign that he wants to learn and is genuinely curious of what you are doing. Let them help you on this, better yet teach them what you are doing. With continuous repetition, they will be able to get what you are doing and in time, they will be able to assist you with the household chores. This is important in building their independence since you are teaching them practical skills that they can do when you are not around.
- Give them a household chore
Once they are a little bit knowledgeable with some of the household chores, you can start giving them simple tasks that they can do. Giving them responsibilities, no matter how small it is would teach them to be more independent and also dependable. There are certain tasks that you can give to your kids depending on their age. If they are able to achieve this small feat, praise them for their work. Avoid rewarding them as they will perceive the activity as something they need to do in order to get something in return.
- Enroll them to a preschool
One of the first step towards independence is giving them formal education. At your toddler’s age, a nursery schooling would do. Enrolling them in a nursery in RAK would teach them to be on their own and help them adjust to a different environment aside from your home. They will also be able to meet other kids and develop their cognitive and communication skills which is important later in life.
- Let them make their own decisions
Parents always want the best for their kids, and sometimes we overstepped our role. We tend to make decisions for our kids. In the process, they are losing their ability to decide and become fully dependent to their parents. Even at a young age, give them the liberty to decide. As simple as letting them pick what they want to wear or what shoes they want to buy is a good start. If their choices are not feasible, explain to them in a simple and gentle manner why and let them choose another item or give them another option.
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