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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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Young girl folding towels against white back drop.

Ages 8-9: Pride in Personal Belongings


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

  • Fold her clothes.
  • Learn simple sewing.
  • Care for outdoor toys such as her bike or roller skates.

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 written phone messages.
  • Help with simple lawn duties such as watering and weeding flower beds.
  • Take out the trash.

Next: Ages 10-13: Gaining Independence

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