As a parent, you want the best for your child at each step of development. You want your child to learn and grow into a self-reliant, independent individual. Providing children with necessary life skills at an early age builds a foundation for the future. Participating in simple household activities can teach your child responsibility.
4 Ways to Teach Your Preschooler to be Responsible
Instilling responsibility in your child at an early age teaches self-awareness, accountability, and encourages independence. One of the best ways to show your preschooler to be responsible is modeling acceptable behavior. For example, with your preschooler present, put your clothes in the laundry basket. The action shows your preschooler the correct way for caring for dirty laundry.
Use Age-Appropriate Activities for Your Preschoolers
Preschoolers do not understand broad concepts at this stage of development. When picking out the household activities for your preschooler, use precise directions. Making the selected tasks age appropriate will help build your preschooler’s self-esteem for accomplishing simple household activities. Begin by teaching your child the correct way to finish a task will help ensure a job well done.
Consider the following examples for your preschooler to engage.
- Putting toys or books in the proper place
- Helping with watering household plants or garden
- Helping with setting or clearing the table
- Using a cloth for removing dust
- Folding simple laundry items, wash cloths, or kitchen towels
- Putting clothes in the lower drawers
- Helping put groceries away
- Feeding the family pet
- Helping prepare lunch or snacks
As your preschooler works through the household activity, remember the outcome may not be perfect.
Assisting Your Preschooler
Allow your preschooler plenty of time to finish the chosen household activity. Failing to be patient, many parents take over the activity. Instead, if you observe your preschooler becoming frustrated or overwhelmed with the task, provide assistance. You can easily turn the household task into a game. Working together, in the beginning, will help ease the transition for your preschooler to finish the task alone.
Provide Positive Acknowledgement
Preschoolers like to help around the house. Participating provides a sense of importance in the family dynamics system. As your child finishes a household activity, use positive reinforcement. For example, thanking your preschooler for putting the books on the shelf or helping with chosen task provides acknowledgment and recognition.
Build an Established Routine
Your preschooler can learn the process of completing household activities by establishing a regular routine. A habitual routine or schedule allows your preschooler to recognize that household activities are a regular part of daily living. The recognition helps in building future life skills.
Teaching responsibility allows your preschooler to learn valuable skills for the future. In most situations, your preschooler will be more than happy to help. By establishing the routine at a younger age, you will be able to build on the tasks throughout your child’s development. Responsibility is one of the key traits incorporated into daily learning at Day Star Montessori and the Montessori Method as a whole. Our teachers encourage independent learning while guiding students to become well-rounded individuals. Contact us today to learn about the Montessori difference.