One way to prepare your child is to teach him to take care of his own things and those of others.

To help your child learn this skill, make putting away belongings a routine part of your day. Ask your child to put away toys after he plays with them. Plus do a final clean up at night.

To help him with this task, make sure he doesn’t have too many things. Also have bins, boxes and specific places in which to store things.

And don’t forget about clothes. You don’t want to be hanging up your child’s clothes for him forever.

To get your child started, install a clothes bar that’s low enough for your child to reach. A long tension-spring shower curtain rod will do the job.

It’s strong enough to hold clothes. It doesn’t put nail holes in the wall. And it can be raised up as your child grows up.

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