Milestones: Self-employment

as your child grows older, learns to do more things on their own - from t -Shirt off to the bread in the morning. You may observe the increasing independence of your child with a laughing and a crying eye, but it is an important step in your child's personal and social development of self-care.

Beginning ...

Probably your child will want to do the first things alone some time after his first birthday. Energetic progress is noticeable at the age of 18 months. Even if your child needs a lot of help and attention in the next few years, it will be self-contained in their basics around their fourth birthday - getting dressed, brushing their teeth, washing their hands, eating and going to the bathroom by themselves.

Developmental Steps to Self-Employment

Even if your child does not make any significant progress toward being self-employed before toddlerhood, the first signs can be seen early on. At about eight months, your child begins to understand which items belong to which function and may even imitate them - comb their hair, babble into the game phone, etc. Some weeks later, they learn to drink from a cup and after a few months, they can Hold the cup yourself (the one-handed gripping masters it with 24 months). With eleven months, it will even help you to dress by holding the arm or leg.

Her child develops a sense of her own self a few months after his first birthday. At about 15 months, her child will recognize herself in the mirror - she will no longer want to touch the ""other"" baby in the mirror. And soon after comes the phase of relentless no-saying. This is his way of expressing the new sense of individuality. Like the feeling for one's own self, self-reliance grows as well. In the next three years, your child will master the following:

Using a Knife and Fork: Some toddlers already want to use cutlery at the age of 13 months, and many children have this very important skill at 17 or 18 months under control. At the age of four, your child will probably be able to keep the cutlery as an adult and then you can gradually take care of the table manners.

  • Undressing: While it leads to many neck-chases, undressing is a key skill. Your child will learn it between the 13th and the 20th month.
  • Teeth cleaning: Your child will certainly want to help with this duty as early as 16 months, but will probably not be able to make it alone before his third or fourth birthday.Supervision will be necessary until the age of seven.
  • Washing and Drying Hands: This ability develops between the 19th and 30th months and your child should learn it at the same time as going to the bathroom.
  • Getting Dressed: At 20 months, your child may be able to put on loose clothing, but it will take a few more months before getting a T-shirt and another one to two years before it can be worn all by itself. At 27 months, it is likely to be able to take off the shoes alone.
  • Going to the bathroom: Most children are physically unable to do so before the 18th to 24th months, and some will not be able to do so until another year later. Two readiness signals are the ability to pull down and pull up the pants and know when to go to the bathroom in time. Making breakfast yourself: At the age of three, some toddlers can make themselves a bowl of cereals when they are hungry, most children can do that at the age of four and a half years. If your child wants to try it out, make it easy for him by storing milk and cereals in small, handy quantities in the refrigerator or shelf.
  • What's next?
  • Your child will become more and more independent over the following months and years. Before you know it, you can tie your shoes or take a shower or bath on your own - then it is only a matter of time until it washes and cooks the laundry, not to mention: driving a car.

How to Help Your Child on the Road to Independence

As always, encouragement is the key to success. Whenever your child starts to learn a new ability, whether successful or not, tell him that you are proud that it has made the attempt and cheer it on to try again. Do not intervene too quickly, because it is important that your child has enough time to try it alone at their own pace (so do not press it). Be flexible - if the bathroom gets dimmed for a few days in the hand washing learning phase, or if self-dressing means wearing the pink turtleneck sweater with its bright red skirt, jeans, and flip flops for a week, then you'll be swimming , The more your child can try, the better it gets.

Keep an eye on your child when he starts doing things alone. Set limits and explain them: Tell him why it is too dangerous to turn on the stove alone or cut the meat alone. It certainly will not be pleased, but you might understand.

When to Worry

Children develop their skills at very different times, some more than others, but if your child, at the age of two, is not interested in trying things on their own, tell the pediatrician next examination.But keep in mind that premature babies acquire many skills later than other children.

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