Empowering Kids During the School YearAug 01, 2022 12:00AM ● By Tiffany S. Hinton
Setting Out Clothes
With these three empowerment practices, the child will begin to learn to make choices for themselves. They may even begin to think ahead, such as learning to always take a sweater or extra pair of socks in their backpack in case of weather changes.
There are a few tips that can help make this easier.
Restrict devices; perhaps no devices before school, and no devices until after-school chores are complete. After-school chores could include preparation for the next day, such as having a lunch packed and clothes chosen and set out.
Allow the child practice time without intervention, unless they specifically ask for help. The idea is to allow them to build problem-solving skills and confidence. This may be easier by stepping out of the kitchen when the child is packing their lunch, or allowing them to choose an outfit even if it does not match in color or pattern.
Create a checklist for quick reference in the morning to ensure all items are ready for school. The list could include simple things such as a water bottle, a backpack, socks, a snack and homework.
Avoid the temptation to take over when the child slows down or takes a moment to think about their day ahead. Allow the child to work through their confusion and make a decision. If they need help, reduce the choices to two, and give time for them to decide. If they specifically ask for help, do so while explaining to them why the process or decision was made. In a few weeks, the back-to-school schedule and rhythm will be beneficial for both the parent and child.
Tiffany S. Hinton is an avid gardener living in Chicago. She is the creator of the Cultivating Guts podcast and the founder of GF Mom Certified. For more information, call 773-234-6636, email [email protected], or visit CultivatingGuts.com or