Rushville Republican

Health

October 8, 2013

Simple chores can teach youngsters responsibility, independence

Giving children simple chores can help them learn responsibility and independence from an early age and ease the transition to adulthood, said a developmental pediatrician from Baylor College of Medicine (www.bcm.edu).

“We have some evidence that shows that when children are given simple chores at an early age, it teaches them independent living skills that will help them adapt to adulthood,” said Dr. Adiaha Franklin, assistant professor of pediatrics - developmental at BCM and a physician in the Meyer Center for Developmental Pediatrics at Texas Children’s Hospital (www.texaschildrens.org). “Having these skills is incredibly important for young adults who are expected to live on their own.”

Parents may feel the need to do everything for their child, but that could hinder a child’s ability to live independently later in life, she said. To help, parents can start by giving simple chores or tasks early in life:

Picking up toys

“By the time a child is 18 months to 2 years old they can start helping to clean up their own mess,” said Franklin. “For example, put toys away in their right place after they play.”

Sorting laundry

Young children can also help sort laundry; just ask them to separate items by color. “This can help them to group together certain items that are alike.” By 2, a child can do this.

As they get older, they can take on more responsibility with the laundry.

“A third grader should be able to help gather the laundry and even help fold with some guidance,” said Franklin.

Getting dressed

“At preschool age, children should be learning how to dress themselves,” said Franklin.

In pre-school, it is probably easier to just give children choices rather than letting them pick out their clothes, she said. For older children, picking out their own clothes is ok, as long as the clothes are weather appropriate and comply with school uniform policies, she said.

Text Only
Health
  • Who wins the race for patients--the ER or the Urgent Care Center? Tracy Hume, a freelance writer who lives in Greeley, Co., and a reader of Thinking About Health columns, recently sent along this provocative question. “Do ER-affiliated urgent care providers ever try to escalate patients to the ER when it is not med

    July 29, 2014

  • hea-rv072914-muskrats pic Muskrats Support Brian's Cause What started years ago as the Homer Muskrats has now become the Rush County Muskrats.“This group of men meet quarterly for organized, competitive shoots and then enjoy getting together for a great game of cards – usually euchre,” according to member

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • 5th Brian's Cause Event Registration Open Plans are well under way for the 5th annual Brian’s Cause – Together We Can fundraising event for the Rush Memorial Hospital Foundation’s Brian’s Cause Cancer Treatment Relief Fund. The steering committee recently met to review the event progress to

    July 29, 2014

  • August blood drives hosted by Indiana Blood Center Indiana Blood Center is the state’s largest non-profit blood provider, supplying blood components to more than 60 hospitals statewide. In the past month, Indiana Blood Center saw 12,297 volunteer blood donors at both its eight donor centers and 431 b

    July 29, 2014

  • MHS First Year Program guides parents INDIANAPOLIS (July 21, 2014/Coles Marketing Communications) – Managed Health Services’ (MHS) First Year of Life Program is offering parents guidance through all the medical milestones needed to keep their babies healthy and thriving.The First Year of

    July 22, 2014

  • hea-rv071814-magic show Youth Volunteer of the Year made for a Magical Night The Rush Memorial Hospital Foundation’s Seed Circle recently held a Family Fun Night featuring magician Rusty Ammerman. He held the audience captive as he performed magic trick after trick. His comedy, timing, audience participation and incredible ma

    July 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • Schoolhouse Partners publishes directory of biomedical and health care grants WEST LAFAYETTE — Officials in the biomedical and health care sectors can use a newly published directory from a Purdue Research Park affiliate to find grant opportunities and funding for research, faculty development, internships, assistantships, sch

    July 22, 2014

  • Tips for choosing a doctor A referral from another physician or family and friends is a first step in choosing a doctor, but specialists advise doing some research to finalize your choice.Some tips:• The insured typically look in-network. Some insurers are starting to score th

    July 22, 2014

  • Smoking Philippine leader OKs cigarette warnings MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Benigno Aquino III, a known smoker, has signed a law requiring tobacco companies to put graphic health warnings on cigarette packs in a country where tens of thousands of people die every year from toba

    July 22, 2014

  • hea-rv071514-mental health pic Broken mental health system taxes Howard County jail Editor's note: People suffering from mental illness commit fewer than 4 percent of all violent crimes. But state cuts in mental health funding have limited opportunities for treatment before some people wind up on the wrong side of the law. Today, th

    July 15, 2014 1 Photo