Hold Them Accountable
Teaching your child to be independent means setting limits and giving them responsibilities.
Remember that preschoolers can:
- Take turns. So you can apply rules like, “If you don’t share this toy, then no one can use it for the day.”
- Talk in a couple of sentences. That’s why you can let your child carry a conversation with adults and other kids.
- Assign them chores. Preschoolers can already follow short and simple instructions. You can assign them duties, such as putting dirty clothes in the basket, putting their toys away, sweeping the floor in one area of the house.
Create a Routine and Encourage Questions
Finally, kids do well with routines. When you do activities repeatedly, they will learn how to do them, too.
However, let them know that it’s okay to ask for your help. Say things like: “If you find it difficult, call me. I won’t be angry,” or “Whenever you’re not sure, ask me so that I can help you.”
Remind them that you welcome their questions.
Teaching your child to be independent may be challenging, but you can do it little by little. Choose age-appropriate tasks and let them achieve these tasks independently.
Learn more about Toddler and Preschool Development here.