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"They're so young, let me do it for them."
"No, thank you."
They are never too young to start being independent, confident and responsible.
That's how I feel about my boys.
I want them to grow up to be amazing, thoughtful, caring men. Who are independent and accountable for their actions.
I realize they are only 6 and 3 years old, but they are at the most impressionable age and the most intelligent age.
Now is the time. We set examples through our actions.
Part 1 of 3 is Get Organized.
- Children should care for their toys. Not only responsible for putting them away, but caring for them - repairing them, putting all the pieces that belong together, wiping them. This way they can easily find them and they're ready to go.
- Homework/books should be kept separate and cared for - to be read over and over again.
- Have your children do a personalized calendar each month - they can mark or put stickers for appointments, family birthdays, soccer practices, anything your child wants to highlight.
- Duties around the house. Placing the dirty laundry in the hamper. Dirty plastic cups in the sink. These tasks help Mom and Dad.
With these little tasks comes responsibility along with pride for those little ones.