how do you help your chidren be more independent

Kimberly - posted on 06/10/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )




i am trying to get my girls to play by themselves so i can get things done at home what is an easy way to do that


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Risa - posted on 06/10/2009




My son has his own drawer in the kitchen that we put old bottles and toys in. He discovered it one day and started throwing stuff around. Works least until he gets taller and can reach drawers he shouldn't play in. But he loves to chase the stuff around the floor and i can check my email or read or clean or cook while he plays. I've also put his toy box in the living room so he can throw stuff out of it too while I'm still right there. Now to figure out how to leave him in the church nursery or a babysitters without him crying the whole time....any suggestions?

Kate CP - posted on 06/10/2009




Let them help you. Get small brooms, rags, sponges, and a little carpet sweeper and let them help you do your housework. They will feel so special and grown up AND you get help cleaning the house!

My daughter is 3 and she helps me do laundry, dishes, sweep, mop, wash name it. She's the most independent little girl I've ever met. But I always wanted her to be that way. :)

Kelly - posted on 06/10/2009




give your child a small job to do that they cant mess up. It helps me while im sweeping my daughter is in her room pretending to vacuum or putting her toys away. She is only 2 but small jobs seem to help her like wipping off coffee table with a wet rag.

JC - posted on 06/10/2009




a new toy always seems to work for me. kids seem to love little things from the dollar store.

Tanya - posted on 06/10/2009




My son was like that! He always wanted to "help" mommy do everything! I started by giving him a puzzle/book/game in the same room as me, so if I was making dinner he would play puzzles or whatever on the table. I move from that to here do this for this time and would set up a timer. It took a while but now I have to beg him to play with me!! Hope that helps!

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