Self Help is a part of development that I continue to see falling at the waist side. With the rush of the world we live in parents don’t have the time to wait for children to dress themselves. This can be detrementil on so many levels. Self help skills really help children. It gives them pride, pride for achieving something. When a child wants to do something on their own, let them. It starts with them wanting to feed themselves. Children are often eager to feed themselves but because a lot of food is messy, parents tend to intervene. When a child feeds his/her self they are working on, fine motor skills, as mentioned here. It also helps with eye hand coordination.
Self help also includes when children go to the restroom. At the preschool age Teachers are not allowed to go in the restroom with children, but why would you want them to? children should have their privacy ( to an extent) when using the restroom. I have come across many children who can not pull their pants up or down and/or clean themselves properly. After having many conversations with parents they don’t realize that allow children to learn to use the bathroom and clean themselves ( with their supervision) can be helpful to them when they enter preschool.
Start small, make a plan and start with letting them pick out their clothing. Teach them how to tell the difference from the front and the back. Then let them put on their underwear. Once they master that you can move on to one item of clothing at a time. I say don’t do it all at once because it can be over whelming to some children.
” I did it”, are some of the sweetest words to hear, children love when they concur something. instilling self confidence early on can be long lasting. Children love having the ability “to do”. Allow them to do, it will pay off on so many levels at the end.