Every parent wants their child to learn independence but sometimes it can be tricky to know what they’re really capable of. Are you expecting too much? Or perhaps are you doing too much when in fact they could be doing much more by themselves?
Well, wonder no more fellow parents because the helpful chickens over at Bright Side have put together a list of what exactly parents can expect of their children when it comes to chores around the house. Does this work for husbands also? (Asking for a friend).
Because we don’t want you to be ill-prepared we have also added our own helpful information about other things you can expect from your child at any given age.
The guidelines are roughly based on the Montessori school of thought. For those who are not familiar with the way of Montessori, it was originally started by Italian educator and physician Maria Montessori who conducted extensive research into learning and development.
Montessori advocates believe that learning is benefitted by mixed aged classes, child led activity choice, freedom of movement throughout the classroom and blocks of learning time. Using the Montessori principles, Bright Side have developed this handy infographic for parents and carers.
If you’ve got a two or three-year-old you can expect them to assist with things like setting the table, sweeping small areas, filling their own water glasses and cleaning up their place from the table. Based on my own experience you can also expect them to reject all requests to wear pants, throw mass tantrums because you cut their sandwiches incorrectly and need to use the toilet the second you leave the house despite your numerous requests to go beforehand.
If you are a parent of a four or five-year-old you can expect them to assist in putting away groceries, help unpack dishwashers, use the vacuum cleaner and fold kitchen towels. But rest assured there is far more than can be expected of this age group. With increasing independence comes an increasing attitude. You can reasonably expect that your child will throw glitter all over the house during craft sessions, to argue the existence of make believe animals and to repeat all swear words you’ve ever let slip in public.