This summer is the perfect time to help your child develop important skills for success in school and life, such as diligence, perseverance, attention to detail and self-control. These skills must be given the opportunity to take root in daily and weekly opportunities.
Kids need a sense of purpose in the summer, and keeping them busy with activities helps them grow and maintain skills they need when they come to school in the fall. Provide opportunities where you model tasks for your child, give feedback and support, and then release them to take ownership of their work.
Kids ages 2 – 3 can put clothes in drawers, pick up toys, feed pets and care for little plants.
Kids ages 4 – 5 can make their bed, set the table, clear dishes, dust furniture, put away groceries and sort clothes for laundry.
Kids 6 – 12 can take care of pets, prepare simple foods, wash the car, vacuum, sweep, clean a bathroom, do laundry and take out trash. They are also capable of watering outside plants and pulling weeds, and they can help create grocery lists and assist in shopping.
Simple chores give kids the opportunity to learn valuable lessons about not giving up when we want to, being responsible to follow through, noticing and reflecting on the job we have done, and managing our emotions and bodies while working. These life skills will serve your children well in their futures.
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