When children are turning 2, independent health and self care starts to develop. At this age, your child should start taking interest in doing things for themself. They will attempt to self-dress (and pick their own clothes!) and serve their own food (and probably want to pick their own food!)
Health and self care happens when they want to do something. When they see things going on in the world around them, they will want to have a go. So encourage them to be independent even if it does take that bit longer.
The Power of Role Play
The power of role playing day to day life can implement independence and develop children’s capabilities to become resourceful. From as young as 1 year old, children can imitate the actions of us as grown ups. Sam M and Chloe have been encouraging the Burrow to look after the babies, to bathe, change, feed and dress them.
By giving the Burrow the chance to practice these skills on the babies, they are becoming more willing to try them on themselves in the future. Feeding the babies, helps them practise how to hold and use cutlery. Washing the babies, helps them to learn how to clean using flannels. Dressing the babies, encourages them they to learn how to self dress themselves. Key skills to practice when developing health and self care for toddlers.
One little girl spent a long time practising buttoning up the cardigan buttons on the baby doll and her success encouraged her to also attempt doing up her own buttons!
So get out the baby role play and encourage your little one to do all the things you want them to learn, on the baby dolls!
Things to try at Home
Through busy life, the easier mentality is to just “do it ourselves” but this stunts early health and self care development in children and encourages them to become dependent.
Some small things you can try at home to encourage self care development:
- Encourage them to always clean their own face after meal times with their own flannel.
- Use open cups! Yes lids are easier than liquid mess but giving children the responsibility of drinking from an open cup shows you trust them and helps them learn. Just start with a little bit of liquid and work up from there.
- Try the magic coat trick. Place the coat with the hood side facing the child and encourage them to place their arms in the holes. Encourage them to then pull the coat/jacket over their heads!
- Get children to serve their own food/ pour their own drinks.
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