We have all been there, losing patience with our child as he or she develops their independence, all while refusing our help with putting on shoes, their coat or daily tasks… and it seems to always happen when we are running late and have somewhere important to be!
We may find this to be stressful when really, it is a wonderful experience for every child. Your child has been developing their self-help skills and has finally mastered putting their clothes on, and even using the bathroom without yelling for help!
Some parents may see their “baby” disappearing as their self-help skills develop, however it is important to remember that they are coming into their own and becoming independent! Our children will still need our help, however there are instances when they can complete a task all by themselves. Not only do self-help skills foster independence in our young children, they also help increase the child’s level of confidence.
Below are some examples of self-help skills based on age ranges:
Age in Months
24 – 36
36 – 48
48 – 60