However, your child is still young. Many tasks are difficult. You can help by teaching your child strategies to make tasks more manageable.
- Break big jobs down into small steps. Tell a five-year-old to clean her room and she may get overwhelmed. Instead, say, “Put your doll on the shelf and then come back to me.” When she does, give another task, such as, “Put your shoes in the closet.”
- Be specific. “Please help me with the groceries,” may not mean much to your child. Instead, try, “Please pick up this blue bag and carry it to the kitchen table.”
- Ask for help. Tell your child you will help her learn. As she learns, she will be able to do more herself.
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