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Building Responsibility to Prep for Kindergarten

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A younger child might not be able to grasp the concept of responsibility, but understanding the physical action is a great start. This will prepare your little ones as they grow older and into kindergarten with teachers and other classmates.

Assign responsibility gradually. For example, you may want to start with teaching them to place dirty clothes in their hamper or putting their toys away after playing. You can even get them to help you with making your bed in the morning!

Plan ahead with your children. Let them talk about what they might want to do to assist mommy and daddy. Create a schedule and keep them focused on each task for the day.

When your child shows responsibility, respond with verbal praise (but don’t overdo it). Find the right balance between commenting on mistakes and rewarding them with compliments. Be specific with each situation, so your children know how to act with others around.

Set the example. You and your spouse are the biggest role models in your children’s lives. When you have a choice to make, talk through it out loud with them. For instance, it can be as easy as educating them on why your family chooses to purchase more vegetables instead of candy.

If you make a mistake in front of them, teach them what you could have done differently and what you will do next time. This shows your child that nobody is perfect, and you can make a better decision in the future.

Your child will be prepped for kindergarten and their future “adult” responsibilities!

The Gardner School offers kindergarten at the following schools: Dublin, Blue Ash, Naperville, Northbrook, Oak Brook and Herndon.