You are wondering well if there are ways for your child to be responsible. Here are some tips and some gestures to put into practice to help you empower your child.
The best place to teach our children to be responsible is in the family environment since parents are ubiquitous and can be constantly monitored and encouraged.
In fact, as soon as your child shows an interest in doing something alone, you can start to encourage him to do so (ex .: fetch his diaper!). This is the best way to start. What is important to remember is that this learning requires patience. It is often much easier and faster to do all instead of our child and decide everything in its place. But parents must realize that becoming autonomous means being able not only to do certain tasks, but also to take decisions.
One can start from the age of about 2 years by acting in everyday life. The important thing is to help them at the beginning and gradually let them do it alone. Tasks as simple as:
- 2-3 years: Store toys, wipe or wash their hands, brush their hair.
- 3-4 years: To dress alone put the clothes in the laundry basket, store placemats.
- 5-6 years: Ranger their room, do their bed, helping to store groceries.
- 7-8 years: Clear the table, choose their clothes.
- 9-12 years: To assist in cleaning, garbage out to the curb.
- 12+: Mowing the lawn, shovel the yard, maintaining their rooms.
Pocket money could be a solution, but we must take into account the age of the child, and demand is expected to come from the child himself. One should not start this system before the age of 8 years. There are benefits to this but also disadvantages to remember.
Source : Canoë Original website, by Suzanne Vallières.