From an early age, our children must help and cooperate with housework. It teaches them solidarity, responsibility and enables them for the future.

With so much technology our children use today, it is too easy for them to miss out on practical life skills, whether it's washing, reading a map, or writing a letter by hand. A recent study by online security company AVG Technologies found that while 58 percent of children ages 3 to 5 in the U.S. can browse a smartphone, fewer than one in six (15 percent) could make their own breakfast. "I see a lot of parents doing everything for their children instead of letting them figure out how to fend for themselves," says Tim Elmore, founder of Growing Leaders, a nonprofit in Norcross, Georgia that works with schools and civic groups. to promote leadership qualities. In children.

Too many teens go to college with no idea how to clean their clothes. Don't let your child become one of them. You can start teaching your child when she's around 6. If you have a top-loading washing machine, keep a stool nearby. Guide you through the process: how to measure and add detergent, choose settings and start the machine.

Many preschoolers learn how to plant seeds in class, but not how to transfer sprouts to a garden. Whitney Cohen, co-author of The Children's Garden Project Book, shares the basics.

Your child already loves giving gifts, and wrapping them makes it even more satisfying. Preschoolers can help cut the paper and glue the ribbon, while kindergarteners can complete additional steps with your help, such as removing the price tag, finding the correct size box, and wrapping the entire gift to make sure. make it fit before cutting that.

Young children can dictate a letter to a family member (enhanced with pictures), attach the stamp, and put it in a mailbox. Teach an older child how to approach an envelope and the five parts of a letter: date, salutation ("Dear ..."), body, closing ("Sincerely"), and signature. You can also ask them for help with holiday cards, find a pen pal (sites like Amazing Kids and International Pen Friends can help), or contact POTUS by having them send a letter to The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington DC 20500.

Invite your child to help you prepare meals, assign jobs to do, and stay calm when flour spills and eggshells fly, says Christina Dymock, mother of four and author of Young Chefs. Yogurt with fruit makes a good DIY first breakfast. Preschoolers can put yogurt in a bowl and add previously washed cut fruit. Work with children ages 5 and up to make sandwiches and smoothies (keep a close eye on the blender). Around 7 or 8 years old, your child can try toaster oven favorites like English muffin pizza, or make a simple salad by slicing lettuce, pouring in croutons, and slicing tomatoes, cucumbers, and carrots. By age 10, children can use the stove with supervision for a grilled cheese sandwich.

Si alguna vez te has perdido siguiendo las instrucciones de voz paso a paso de un GPS, sabes por qué es esencial poder leer un mapa (incluso si es uno en tu teléfono). Estas actividades desarrollarán las habilidades de navegación de su hijo.

Caza de tesoros. Los mapas parecen aburridos ... hasta que los uses para buscar el botín. Esconda los juguetes en su patio y luego dibuje un boceto simple para marcar su ubicación. Muestre a su hijo de 3 o 4 años cómo los objetos en el mapa corresponden a los que están frente a ella.


Que ella lidere el camino. Los zoológicos, museos y parques temáticos tienen mapas coloridos y fáciles de leer. Pídale a su preescolar que siga su camino y desafíe a un niño mayor a que lo lleve del punto A al punto B.


Toma geocaching. A los niños de 5 años en adelante les encanta este juego de búsqueda del tesoro al aire libre, que utiliza el rastreo por GPS para encontrar contenedores llenos de baratijas. Obtenga más información en

Enseña a tu hijo desde una edad temprana a no asustarse cuando vea sangre (y no reaccione de forma exagerada). Darle un plan de juego lo distraerá del dolor y será útil cuando no estés cerca para besar sus abucheos: aplica presión hasta que se detenga el sangrado, levante el corte con agua, luego aplique un ungüento antibiótico y coloca el vendaje.

Manten a mano trapos o esponjas para limpiar las gotas de pasta de dientes del fregadero. Las tareas del baño requieren mayor habilidad. Los niños en edad escolar pueden limpiar la tapa, el asiento y la base con una toallita desinfectante. Asegúrese de lavarse bien las manos después. Los niños grandes pueden fregar el recipiente con un limpiador no tóxico: espolvoree los lados con bicarbonato de sodio, déjelo reposar durante unos minutos, vierta un poco de vinagre y luego frótelo con un cepillo de baño.

Enseñar a los niños a ser consumidores inteligentes requiere práctica. Este enfoque de tres pasos funcionó para nuestra familia:

Por: Michelle Crouch

Publicado por: Parents

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