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I Did it All By Myself! An Age-by-Age Guide to Teaching Your Child Life Skills

Are you preparing your child to be independent? Teaching your child life skills is not only important for self-care and sufficiency— it also allows them to feel empowered, works on socialization and reasoning, and helps develop healthy self-esteem. This list of age-appropriate skills will help prepare your child for each stage of his life from preschool until the day they flies the coop.

Ages 2 and 3: Small Chores and Basic Grooming

This is the age when your child will start to learn basic life skills. By the age of three, your child should be able to

  • Help put toys away.

  • Dress themselves (with some help from you)

  • Put clothes in the hamper when they undresses

  • Clear their plate after meals

  • Assist in setting the table

  • Brush their teeth and wash their face with assistance

Ages 4 and 5: Important Names and Numbers


Safety skills are high on the list, now. She should know

  • Her full name, address and a phone number to reach you

  • How to make an emergency call

Your child should also learn how to

  • Perform simple cleaning chores like dusting in easy-to-reach places and clearing the table after meals

  • Feed pets

  • Identify money denominations and understand the very basic concept of how money is used

  • Brush her teeth, comb her hair and wash her face without help

  • Help with basic laundry chores, such as putting her clothes away and bringing her dirty clothes to the laundry

  • Choose her own clothes to wear

Ages 6 and 7: Basic Cooking Techniques

Kids at this age can start to help with cooking meals, and can learn to

  • Mix, stir and cut with a dull knife

  • Make a basic meal, like a sandwich

  • Help put the groceries away

  • Wash the dishes

Your child should also learn how to

  • Use basic household cleaners safely

  • Straighten up the bathroom after using it

  • Make her bed without assistance.

  • Bathe unsupervised.

Ages 8 and 9: Pride in Personal Belongings


By this time, your child should take pride in her personal belongings and take care of them properly. That includes being able to

  • Fold her clothes

  • Learn simple sewing

  • Care for outdoor toys such as her bike

Your child should also learn how to

  • Take care of personal hygiene without being told to do so

  • Use a broom and dustpan properly

  • Read a recipe and prepare a simple meal

  • Help create a grocery list

  • Count and make change

  • Take out the trash


Article re-published with permission from www.familyeducation.com

Link of original article: https://www.familyeducation.com/life/individuality/guide-to-teach-your-child-life-skills-by-age