As parents, we are given so many tools and resources to get your child on the right educational track from preschool and onward. This can include books, educational movies, singing songs, playing with puzzles, and the list goes on. But one huge part of education that can sometimes be looked over is developing the skills for your child to learn how to work and interact with the world. There are some key ways that, as parents, we can help our kids learn to become independent thinkers and problem solvers by giving them small doses of independence from the start!
Here are some top 5 ways that you can begin implementing great life skills for your preschooler:
- Assign Responsibility: Give your kids a few chores or invite them to help you out around the house. This can be a small task like setting the table for dinner, feeding pets, or putting away toys and laundry. This shows your child that these things don’t get done by themselves!
- Do not help your child by doing things that he/she can complete herself: As much as you are teaching your child to learn how to complete tasks and work independently, allow them to try out their new responsibilities! This can be hard to remember when your child is learning so fast, but eventually they will catch up and follow your lead.
- Do not redo the work that your child has done: It may be driving you crazy that the shirt your child folded is really just a twisted ball, but do not fix that shirt! Your child will never come to notice the results of his/her work if they are not seeing the results of what they did.
- Know when to stop: Your children will come to enjoy learning; children naturally love to learn. If your child loses interest in the book you are reading, do not continue to read through the book or force your child to finish something. This can discourage them from having a positive learning experience.
- Talk to your child as an equal: Ask your child about their day, what they enjoyed, and any new things they have learned. Be enthusiastic and genuine about your interest. Speaking to your child as an equal shows your child that you respect them and care for them, and can also enhance their speaking skills from early on.
-- Jessalyn Kieta