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When your child begins school they can become shy and reserved until they find the right group of friends to be around. They learn a lot of skills on the playground that can become a part of their transferable skills later on down the line.
However, when you start to notice that your child isn’t as excited to do things as before, or needs a helping hand just before the school run, then there’s a chance they’re taking things for granted. The good news is that this is a fixable problem that improves confidence and self-esteem by following these tips from a prep school in Kent to help your child become more independent.
Make a list of things that can be done by themselves
Write out what your child does in their day. It’ll mainly come from their daily routine: brushing their teeth, brushing their hair, putting their clothes on for school and so on.
A lot of these things, in time, can be done by themselves. Start by asking them to do one of these tasks and slowly increase the number of tasks they do as you go along. Ask which tasks they believe they can do by themselves and it’ll increase their confidence to do things, and remind them to take care of themselves before and after school!
Make sure there’s enough time
In the rush of the morning school run you always feel like you’re against the clock. If your child takes 5 minutes extra to do a task, then wake them up 5 minutes earlier. Doing this might give them the incentive to wake up and do their morning routine on time.
Giving them a focus within their routines will improve their organisation skills, the ability to work on their own initiative and boosts their self-worth – key things towards giving your child their own independence.
Praise your child, even if it’s not perfect
Your child will make mistakes when they’re first starting out, like getting their tie wrong or spilling something at the table. Aim to ignore those and praise them for trying. Then next time you can show them how to pour that cereal better, and make the perfect tie knot.
Giving your child lots of compliments and praise for their efforts will make them more inclined to carry on with doing things on their own accord and gain confidence and independence.Follow me on social media for more!
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