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Who has time to sit around and crumple paper together? In the interest of raising semi-functional adults, I decided this would be a good year to work on motor skills through real life skills.
Folding laundry. Washing dishes. Unscrewing the toothpaste cap. In the pre-pandemic days, we had to race to the bus stop at a.
I did everything for my son to execute the morning process at top speed. Rouse sleepy kid at a. Breakfast, brush teeth, bathroom, then shove his feet into shoes, zip up his coat and hurtle out the door. Now our commute consists of sauntering down to the kitchen table. At-home OT means my kids, 5 and 9, have mostly mastered getting dressed themselves, even if it means sweat pants and Velcro shoes.
Thanks to working from home, leisurewear is here to stay. I used to rage-fold the laundry alone late at night. Now that everyone is home, we do the chores together. I recently spoke with child development expert Dr. Their responsibilities increased with each birthday: At 7, they did laundry for the whole family once a week. The irony is, I never did chores growing up. As a Chinese kid, your full-time job is studying and getting good grades in school. There was definitely an adjustment period after I moved out when I lived in squalor. Here are three strategies that worked for getting my kids started on chores:.
Each shelf used to be overflowing with clothes that sort-of fit, maybe a size up or down, pants with buttons we never bothered with, out-of-season pajamas. I removed everything except the five or so outfits we need for each laundry cycle.
In the kitchen, our utensil drawer was crammed with every gadget under the sun. Melon baller, ebelskiver turners, garlic press, carrot peeler I relocated all of it to a far corner of the kitchen, so the utensil drawer just holds utensils. Imagine that! Same with the dishes cupboard. Make it easier for the kids to do things themselves. Out went the precarious piles of mismatched dishes.
The lower cabinets, the ones the kids can reach, are now stacked neatly with our everyday plates and cups.
Some kids pick up on these things right away; others need more practice. Let it go. Are the towels hung exactly centered on the rack?
JiaYing Grygiel is a freelance photographer and writer who covers parenting, food, homes and de. She earned a master's degree from Syracuse University, but ditched the lake-effect snow for Seattle you don't have to shovel rain. Follow her adventures with her family at photoj.
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