Children have a drive to do things on their own. This is a healthy part of normal child development. As children grow, they can learn to do more and more tasks.
Child care providers can help young children become independent by allowing and encouraging them to do things by themselves whenever possible. This will mean that they learn so much from doing things for themselves. When children practice skills such as feeding and dressing themselves, they refine their large and small motor skills, gain confidence and build their self-esteem. There are four main types of skills:
Life skills are worth the time and effort. The secret to success is to give children age-appropriate experiences and provide the appropriate support to help them be successful. Offer opportunities for children to develop these skills and give them ample time to work on these important tasks.