Encouraging Independence in My Kids

My son’s always asking me if he can pour his own cereal and milk and I’m still so hesitant to let him. He’s 6 and big enough, I’m just not in the mood to clean up a mess if it were to happen. BUT how is my son ever going to learn and get better at something if I don’t let him try? So, I’m trying hard to step away and let him do things on his own, encourage independence.

Here’s a few things I’ve been letting him do, while I grit my teeth as he does his best!

  • Making his own Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich. It may not look pretty, but he’s getting the right amount of ingredients, just not all spread out. He doesn’t seem to care how it looks, so if he’s okay, I’m okay!
  • Folding his Socks. There seems to be endless socks to fold during the winter season and I despise doing it! So I’ve happily given this task to my son to fold his own socks. He does pretty good, even though they look more like balls to throw! I’ve even started paying him 1 penny for folding each of his Dad’s socks!
  • Pouring Milk and Cereal. This one is trickier. That milk jug can be heavy and I really don’t want to clean up spilt milk. But if the milk jug and cereal box are less than half way gone, I let him. He’s getting better every time.

Here’s a few more posts I’ve found helping Encourage Independence in Kids:

It’s actually been great for my son to do little projects on his own, freeing up some of my time. He’s also been a big help with his two sisters! Now if we can just fast forward about 6 or 7 years to the babysitting age, that would be great!

What are you willing to let your kids help out with?

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