Does your child know how to put their clothes or toys away? Are they able to brush their teeth, or even dress themselves? These are all good questions that you may want to ask yourself before your child begins school for the first time. Some parents feel that their babies are too young to learn these tasks. However you may be surprised to learn how much your child actually can learn if you just take the time to teach them. So why teach them before they start school? To put it simply you will be helping your child to have a head start in life. Remember you can’t go to school with them, so why not teach them to manage simple tasks on their own before school even starts. Below are five reasons why this is important to do.
1. Both your job and the teachers will be easier
When you start to teach your children at an early age, not only will you be making your job easier, but you will also be helping your child’s teacher to have an easier day as well. Have you ever really thought about how long it takes a teacher to help three, four, or even five, kids to tie their shoes? Or perhaps how long it takes to help young kids put on an apron for art class because they are not able to dress themselves? This can really add to a teacher’s day, and take away from the amount of time that teacher has to actually educate your child.
2. Builds Self Esteem
It also really helps to build up your child’s self esteem. When your children realize that they are very capable of doing things for themselves, it helps them to not be afraid of trying new things. Sending them off to school not knowing how to do the basics like tie their shoes, or dress themselves can leave them feeling odd, and uncomfortable in the classroom.
3. They learn to be responsible
They also learn to be responsible. Of course your preschooler’s level of responsibility will not match that of a teenager, but small steps help them for when they are older. Why would you want to wait until they are teenagers? Giving them a little bit of responsibility while they are young will help them to grow into responsible teenagers.
4. It will help limit sickness
This may seem like an odd item to add to the list, but believe it or not one of the biggest problems that occur at school is the spread of germs. Mostly because kids are not taught at home to wash their hands after using the restroom, or before they eat. They are also not taught to cover their mouths when they cough or sneeze. Even something as simple as sucking their fingers, can spread germs to your child, resulting in more illness during the course of the year. Of course not all parents fail to teach this to their children but you may be surprised at how many actually don’t think about it, or assume their children are too young to learn.
5. Bully Free
Helping to build your child’s self esteem, can help to prevent bullying issues when your child starts school. If you prepare them for what other children may do or say, and how to respond, this may make it easier to handle if something is said to them. Remember that bullying can start even in preschool and kindergarten. Don’t assume that your children are too young to be bullied.