My son is 7 and while that is FAR from an adult, I do tend to baby him a bit. I have been working on ways to give him more independence since I know it will benefit both of us.
Here are a few responsibilities that help teach your child independence:
Chores: This is the most obvious one, but chores really do help give your kids more independence. We don’t give our son money or an allowance for doing his chores, since that is part of being a family unit. Hudson is responsible for keeping his room & bathroom clean, feeding the dog and other small tasks. Recently, I had him start helping more with laundry (folding & putting away his clothes) and emptying the dishwasher.
|Typical Mila photobomb|
Kitchen Help: I try to let my son help in the kitchen when I can. He is pretty good at cracking eggs and preparing his own breakfast. He is starting to pack his own school lunch, but I need to set up more of a lunch station where he can pick and choose what he wants before this can become a regular thing.
Plan for the Week: I recently had the opportunity to review the Anchor System from The Buoy Company, which was perfect timing since I have been working on this whole independence thing with Hudson.
The Anchor System is a weekly cubby system, that helps him get organized for the entire week ahead, by taking just a few minutes on Sunday. Since we all plan for the week then anyway, I figure it is a good habit to get him into now.
The Anchor System comes with everything you need to get your child organized. Your child puts their clothes in for each day, along with whatever they need. (After school activities, school projects, etc.)
Along with the full cubby unit, the Anchor System includes:
- Two Buoy Backpacks
- One Hydration Pouch
- One Magnet Stowage Wallet
- One set of days of the week magnets
- Seven Navigation Magnets
You can hang it two different ways: using the hooks or with the velcro hanger. I used the hooks and hung it on the outside of Hudson’s closet. Since the first two days were too high for him to reach, we made those Saturday and Sunday, because we don’t usually need to plan for those days.
|Placing his Karate magnet on Wednesday|
Hudson was really excited by the whole thing, and was eager to get started. He quickly caught on, selecting his clothes for every school day, including socks. He put his library book in Monday’s bin… since it was due that day and he didn’t want to forget it. Wednesday he has karate, so he was sure to put his uniform in there as well, and since it was ‘gear day’ this week, he included what he would need in the backpack and hung it on one of the side hooks.
|Getting his clothes ready for the week!|
He was able to plan for everything he would need for the week and have it read to go in no time. I helped him out the first week, but he quickly caught on and won’t be needing my help next week. He now knows what to expect for the week, since we take a few minutes to talk about what he has going on, and how he needs to plan for it.
|Don’t forget that library book!|
I love this system and Hudson has been very excited about it… we have been trying it out for close to a month now and he is still excited to get his entire week packed and planned out in just a few minutes. It is also helping him become more independent and responsible. It also speeds up our morning routine, since he doesn’t have to search for items, or remember last minute that something was due. It is all right there.
|We love our Anchor System!|
Here’s a quick video to see The Anchor System in action!
Be sure to check out The Buoy Company on the web, Facebook and Instagram! Also, I would love to hear different ways you help teach your child independence! As an added bonus, if you type in the code MOMMAGIC at checkout… you will get 20% off your entire order until November 30th! How awesome is that?!
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