Saturday, October 15, 2011

teaching life skills: doing dishes

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as i was eMpTYinG tHe diSHwaSHeR tonight, Bear came over and told me he was going to help me. 

it didn't even take me a second to tell him yEs.  but, later on, when i thought of that moment, i realized i had been given 2 cHoiCEs:
                       1. Tell him nO because I wanted to hurry up and get it done.
                       2. Gladly aCCepT his help and encourage his eagerness to help out with
                           household activities...Which would  build his self-esteem, sense of
                           autonomy, and overall spirit.

and you know what? he did really well.  he stacked the bowls on the counter.

took the dishes out of the dishwasher and laid them out to dry.

what types of things do you do to encourage
your child's independence?
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