Basically, parents can teach children how to do things themselves and independently do the easy things in life. There is no need to rush in expecting your child to quickly turn into an independent child. Because everything requires a long process and struggle.
Well, here are some ways that parents can educate their children to become independent, starting with their daily habits.
1. Teach Children To Put Items in Place
The first thing in teaching independence to children you can do by teaching children to put everything they take back in place. For example, tidying up again and putting in the cupboard the books he had read. Don’t let the children let the books scatter and not be rearranged. So, for that, it is better if you provide a small bookcase that is easy to reach for children so that when you give orders, there is no reason for ‘hard-to-reach bookshelves’ or other reasons that make children refuse. In addition, be patient in the beginning the child may refuse orders from parents, but if you are firm and patient, then gradually the child will understand.
2. Ask the child to get used to making the bed by themselves
Every morning after the child wakes up in the morning, ask the child to tidy up his own bedroom, such as folding the blankets and tidying up the pillows. No need to linger, just 10 minutes. This is intended as an exercise so that children can tidy up their own bedroom. As a first step, parents can first give an example of folding a blanket and make sure if your child listens to it carefully and gradually ask them to tidy up their room after each use.
3. Teach Children To Eat Alone
Over time, when you feel your child can do something on their own, ask them to do it themselves while still under the supervision of parents. No exception to the problem of eating and drinking. When children are old enough and are able to eat and drink by themselves, let them try to do it on their own. Once you feel they can do well on their own, then let them eat and drink by themselves. This will teach children to be independent in eating and drinking.
4. Prepare Before Going to School
Usually parents will feel uncomfortable seeing their children get up early and prepare everything themselves. However, do you know if you continue to let your little one wake up easily and are immediately confronted with breakfast without knowing his preparations for going to school, then someday they will be away from you. This will make children suffer even more, because they are already dependent on their parents. So, for that, involve children when preparing to go to school, such as wearing the shoes and clothes that you have prepared yourself. This way the child will know all the preparations for the morning before he goes to school.
Well, there are some ways that you can apply to children to train them to be more independent. In addition to practicing independence, the methods above can also build and train children’s discipline and sense of responsibility.