Rushville Republican

Health

October 8, 2013

Simple chores can teach youngsters responsibility, independence

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Meal and bath time

A child should be able to use a spoon by 18 months, a fork by 2 years old and be able to cut food by 3, she said.

“At 4 years old, he or she should be able to make a simple meal, such as cereal or a peanut butter and jelly sandwich,” said Franklin.

By first or second grade, the child can start helping make lunch for school, she said.

“You can involve him or her in the process - “˜would you like a PBJ, turkey or ham sandwich?”™”

Also, young children should bathe themselves with some help. “Children may not do a bang up job cleaning themselves, but they can at least help soap up the wash cloth and complete the task with some help.”

The older a child gets, the harder it will be to teach them these skills, Franklin said.

“When kids are young, they want to be helpers,” said Franklin. “You can instill this responsibility in them young and it will not only help them learn independent living skills but also make them feel like they have an important role in helping the family run successfully.”

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