Ways To Encourage Self-Help Skills In
When children practice self-help skills such as feeding and dressing themselves, they gain confidence, self-esteem and pride in their independence. There are four main types of self-help skills: Self-feeding
Encourage children to practice feeding themselves. Begin by offering older infants finger foods. Introduce a spoon and fork and give children plenty of time to practice.
Independent dressing and grooming
Make children dress and groom by themselves and help them to pull socks on and off, pull up pants after diapering and put their arms through sleeves.
Hygiene and toileting
Encouraging children to take care of everyday hygiene routines and to use the toilet independently helps them learn how to become more independent and self-sufficient. Also, teach children how to brush their teeth after lunch and snacks.
Helping with daily chores like table setting and picking up toys
Encourage children to begin placing napkins and utensils on the table, clearing their own plates without dropping them. Children involved in regular chores before the age of four, tend to be more independent in early adulthood than children without the experience of helping out.