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

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Mother and two children cooking in the kitchen.

Ages 6-7: 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, such as 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 his bed without assistance.
  • Bathe unsupervised.

Next: Ages 8-9: Pride in Personal Belongings

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