Chil­dren

Ways To En­cour­age Self-Help Skills In

Health & Nutrition - - SELF CARE -

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.

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