If you are having difficulty with your child 'cleaning up' after playtime, offer your child if they want to clean up on their own OR if they want you to help. Expecting your child to clean up everything can feel like an overwhelming task to a lot of children (even if they did it all themselves). This is when refusal kicks in and you see behaviours crop up. Try it out and see your child's reaction!!
Encourage your child to increase their independence by setting up things in their routine that they can understand on their own, reach on their own and achieve on their own. For example, during the morning/evening routine; help them understand by setting up a visual schedule posted in the bathroom. Have all the items necessary to achieve the desired tasks in reachable distance such as the toothbrush, hairbrush, facecloth and clothing in easy to reach areas so they can do it all on their own. Next, go through the routines with your child explaining all the expectations and how to achieve them. We assume that kids just know what to do but that's not always the case. With some clear boundaries and expectations, it can create more success and independence! Have Fun!
Put a jar/basket of snacks in an easy-to-reach area of the kitchen. Fill it with healthy & light snacks like crackers, dried fruit, nuts etc... for kids to help themselves to after school until dinner. This can help decrease the constant requests for food, questions regarding the timing of dinner & whinning about hunger. If you set it up & discuss that this is 'all there is till dinner', it can help curb the begging for more food and unhealthy snacks. Kids can take as much as they need to get through till dinner time and if they are really hungry, they'll eat it. This can help encourage your children to be more independent as well as to ease up things for you. Good luck!
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