Learning to Help Out

Children love to help out when they can, and you can encourage them to do so—and to learn how to follow simple directions—by turning cleanup time into a game.

Asking questions such as, “Can you put that bear back onto his shelf?” can make cleanup interactive and fun and can help your child learn where his toys belong when he’s not playing with them.

This also works when you are busy—preparing dinner, for example. Ask your child to put placemats on the table in front of each chair or to place a spoon next to each plate.

Thank and praise your little one for helping, and you’ll reinforce this behavior and help your child feel important and useful.

Disclaimer: This page is not intended to provide medical advice about your child. Always seek the advice of a physician, qualified healthcare provider or child-development specialist with any questions you have about your child's health, medical condition or development. Never disregard, avoid or delay contacting a doctor or other qualified professional because of something you read here.

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