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How do you try promote children's autonomy? The stories, like this story by Marisa Alonso entitled 'Homework', is an ideal educational resource for your children to learn to be more and more autonomous. Share this story with them and take the opportunity to reflect on the role that each of you has in your own family.
Collaborating with the household chores is very important because if we organize ourselves well we have more time to do others that we like. My mother can read and write longer, my father can play the guitar and make his model airplanes, and my brother and I can play longer. My parents tell us that to live comfortably in a house it has to be neat and clean, and that this is everyone's business.
As I am nine years old, I bathe myself, make my bed every day and clean the dust. At first, my parents taught me to learn, but now they say that I do everything very well and they let me do it myself. I also make breakfast and put the ironed clothes in my closet. My mother is in charge of doing the laundry, the ironing, cleaning the bathrooms and making dinner. My father, as he leaves before work, goes to pick us up at school, makes the food, picks up the kitchen, vacuums all the rooms and throws the garbage out at night when he takes our puppy Tim for a walk.
My little sister is four years old and has almost learned to dress herself. Every day he prepares food for Tim, waters the plants, and sets and sets the table when we eat, and he does it very well. In addition, the two of us collect the stories and toys from our room when we get tired of playing, we leave everything in order and we take the dirty clothes to the washing machine.
Once my mother got sick and we had to divide her chores among the three of us. During those days, in addition, my father took care of dinners, washed and ironed clothes, and my sister and I cleaned the bathroom. We all got tired and we realized how important the work each of us does is and to do it together. My parents congratulated us for our effort, for being responsible, and for how well we had organized ourselves. We are very proud.
My teacher also says that just as we learn to multiply and write well, we have to learn to do all the chores around the house to become autonomous adults. In a little while I will be able to take Tim for a walk by myself and I am very excited.
I do not agree with people who think that children should not collaborate in household chores because I want my parents to count on me. I feel older, I am part of a great team that is my family, I know that my help is valued, and I think I understand much better the effort they make to make sure everything is okay.
This is a very useful story to practice your child's reading skills. In fact, it's a great text to read aloud for your little one to practice fluency and intonation. But, in addition, it can be a great tool for reflect with the children on their role at home. To do this, here are some questions that can help you direct the conversation that you can have with him after reading this story.
- What is the narrator of this story talking about?
- Do all the characters that are talked about, the children and the parents of this family, collaborate in the housework?
- Does the protagonist of the story like to participate in the tasks of the house?
- Do you also fulfill your tasks? What are these?
- Do you think that all members of our family participate in the tasks?
- What is each one in charge of?
- Do you think it is important that we all take responsibility for some task? Why?
- What does it mean to 'be more autonomous'?
Many parents find it difficult to assume that their young children are getting older. However, at the same time, we all want the little ones to gradually assume some tasks and responsibilities that prepare them to be more and more autonomous. And it is that, although it is hard for us to imagine it right now, there will come a time when they are adults who have to look for life.
To promote autonomy among your children, keep the following tips in mind.
- Give your child homework
Having children have certain tasks around the house will help them learn to take responsibility. But, in addition, it will help them feel useful and they will see that their role within the family is very important. However, it is essential to bear in mind that these tasks must be in accordance with their age and possibilities.
- Let him do
Parents have a bad habit, either because we have little patience or because we don't like to see that our children have a hard time, of solving each of the problems that our children have. For example, if the homework book is left at school, we call another parent to dictate the exercise. Why don't we let them solve problems or do new things themselves? Otherwise, they will never learn to cope with the news.
- Tell them when they have done something right or wrong
When your child does something right, tell them so they can be proud. But it is also necessary to tell him when something has not been done well at all, so that he learns to identify that it is not the right thing to do. The way we talk to them should always be empathetic and respectful.
- Be patient!
When we let our children do things, instead of doing them ourselves, we will face undesirable situations that can make us uncomfortable. It is possible that the bed, for example, is not perfectly made (as we would make it) or that we have to collect the milk that has been spilled while making breakfast. However, all this has the reward of fostering a more autonomous attitude.
Do you want to work on your child's autonomy through different educational resources? Here we propose stories, poetry, crafts and other tools with which children will learn to do things on their own while having fun.
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