Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Doing Things for Themselves

"Remember you are not managing an inconvenience, you are raising a human being." --Kittie Franz

For a few years now, the kids have had a drawer in the kitchen with kids plates and cups. They place their own settings at the table before dinner and this was a really good way that they could acomplish this task on their own. 

And now, with Isabel helping make her own lunch, we've reorganized this drawer to include bowls, a small colander, measuring cups, lunch totes, bento boxes and lunch paraphernalia as well.

The kids really love having a space for just their things, in a place they can reach it. And they are really proud when they help out and sometimes set the whole table with kids plates and cups! Plus, now their little friends know where they can get cups to serve themselves water at our water jug with a spigot on the counter.

Giving them little ways to help themselves help them become responsible for themselves little by little.

Because, as parents, we're teaching them to become independent individuals. Right? We want them to be self sufficient and know how to do great things. This is a little step along the road.

Do your kids have a way that they serve themselves in your home? 

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