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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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Ages 10-13: Gaining Independence


Ten is about the age when your child can begin to perform many skills independently. He should know how to:

  • Stay home alone.
  • Go to the store and make purchases by himself.
  • Change his own bed sheets.
  • Use the washing machine and dryer.
  • Plan and prepare a meal with several ingredients.
  • Use the oven to broil or bake foods.
Your child should also learn how to:
  • Read labels.
  • Iron his clothes.
  • Learn to use basic hand tools.
  • Mow the lawn.
  • Look after younger siblings or neighbors.

Next: Ages 14-18: More Advanced Skills Are Learned

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