There are some things that you need to let your kids do without constantly holding their hands or watching over their shoulders. Sure, we all want to make it as easy as possible for our kids, because heck, life isn’t easy. But however, tempting it might seem, you need to let your kids take risks and become independent as soon as possible. Here are some tasks your kids don’t need you ding for them anymore…
What you need to let your kids do
Take care of their pets
If you own a family pet, it’s not just yours, and it’s not just your partner’s pet, right? So the responsibility of taking care of the family pet should be shared between ALL family members, including your kids. You should let your kids do basics like fill the food and water bowls for the dogs. When you do, your kids will develop empathy, which is always a good thing. It also gives them a sense of responsibility.
Help with younger siblings
If you’re in the thick of raising young kids, you might have naturally fallen into this habit already, perhaps out of pure necessity. Although your toddler might be a little jealous when you first bring a new baby home, allowing them to help out will go a long way towards nurturing the sibling relationship.
Assist with meal prep
Your small kids might not be capable of serving up three-course meals just yet, but they can definitely start finding their feet around the kitchen. Simple meal prep is the perfect task for younger kids if you equip them with non-electric appliances and safe utensils. Start at the age of three or four and have your kids measure ingredients, use their hands to peel food, and use wooden spoons to stir foods. Yes, this might mean more cleanup for you, but it gives your kids a hands-on learning experience that incorporates math, science, language and literacy.
Your kids might not be brimming with excitement to help out around the house, but they need it in their lives. Give your kids the responsibility of cleaning up their toys and making their own beds in the morning. You should also let them dress themselves. This will help engender a spirit of cooperation within the family and encourage self-sufficiency in your kids. In fact, assigning kids with chores is one thing that most successful parents across the world all have in common.